Josh Cronkhite, July 13,2018
I must admit, I am a sucker for some good improv theatre. Regrettably, it had been longer than I care to admit since I’d last made it out to a show. So I had quite a bit of anticipation for Vancouver Theatre Sports’ new show Avocado Toast, a parody on the eccentricities of life in Vancouver.
Not only will the same show not be seen twice, but the cast of Avocado Toast rotates as well! I had the pleasure of enjoying the talents of: Jullian Kolstee, Ken Lawson, Taz VanRassel, Margret Nyfors, Rae-Lynn Carson, and Ed Witzke, all hosted Lauren Mcgibbon. The chemistry on stage was palpable between these wickedly clever comedic improvisors. But, perhaps the best testament to these performers is the fact that I was sat beside a woman vacationing from Mexico who’d come to see her first ever improv show. She was very excited but also somewhat unsure due to english being her second language. Well, lo and behold, she was laughing as hard as I was! Even though the odd word or reference might have not landed for her, the night’s improvisers were so good at physical comedy that their scenes transcended any barriers.
Avocado Toast is a fantastic show. It’s format is especially great because it not only has many opportunities for audience participation but also has an overarching narrative that ties oh so perfectly into the realities of living in Vancouver. A word also needs to be said for the unsung heroes of the night, the ‘Technical Improvisers’ who have the challenging — and often hilarious — job of operating the lights and sound cues all while keeping up with whichever inventive, ridiculously funny scene was unfolding.
I honestly cannot recommend this show highly enough. I fully intend going to see it at least one more time! Avocado Toast runs until September 1 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Do yourself a favour and don’t dare miss these guys!!