By Dianne Chow, Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver, May 7,2019
Rainy days and Mondays never get me down because I’m usually in my tub on Monday night drinking a bottle of wine wondering why Canada doesn’t have mandatory four-day work weeks. Yes, Monday the unholiest day of the week where I’m required to not let it all hang out and the day when I send my evil twin to bed and don on my goody two shoes and head to work.
But wait, Mondays just got a whole lot interesting with Improv Mondays with Michelle Gidard, the YouTube soap opera sensation of Michelle’s Soap Opera created and played by Angela Galanopoulos, whose over the top personality is larger than that Tomahawk Steak your piggy hubby tried to swallow whole last night.
In the first half of the show, Michelle elicits inane suggestions from the audience which improv players use in a variety of scenes such as the accountant who confronts her client using the music of a movie genre to reset the tone of the conversation. Say what? One minute she’s as sweet as molasses and then ready to stab her client as he tries to justify why “servicing womankind” is a valid reason for receipts to restaurants and hotel rooms.
And then there’s the backward-forward musical square where one moment the audience witnesses the frantic ranting of a frenzied dad-to-be in the waiting room of a hospital and then in the next moment, a hunchback complaining to her boss about bullying in the workplace. It’s fast-paced humour where the quick wits of Clare Filipow, Andrew Barber, Andrew Job and Lauren McGibbon prove to be adept at creating nonsensical dialogue that has the audience roflapop – rolling on the floor laughing and pissing our pants.
In the second half of the show, even more inane audience suggestions are used to create a dramatic soap opera complete with song but no dance where Jacob Neapolitan Ice Cream creates non-dairy frozen treats bursting with flavourful narcotics for patients at the mental hospital next door. Bob Passionfruit arrives determined to rescue his daughter Agatha who has been a patient for 15 years after her unsuccessful Cirque de Soleil performance on a Farris wheel at the PNE. Yes, it’s insane madness on Improv Mondays with Michelle as you never know how the plot thickens – and neither do the Improv players.
So take off your gloomy Monday hats and upside frowns and come on down for a rip-roaring snorting good time as Michelle’s Improv Mondays will make you feel that there’s more to Mondays then going to work and crying in your coffee.