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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Actors work for bananas in Gorilla Theatre

Vancouver TheatreSports League has returned to its roots with Gorilla Theatre, the latest of three original improvisational formats developed by TheatreSports creator Keith Johnstone now on stage at The Improv Centre at Granville Island.

The free-flowing format sees each of the five players taking turns directing the other actors on stage in their sketches.  Following each brief sketch, in typical TheatreSports fashion, the audience gets to decide whether the director wins a banana, which is presented by a performer dressed as a gorilla, or if they must do a forfeit, which on this particular evening included dancing for one minute, apologizing to the audience for a poor sketch or even buying an audience member a drink.

At the end of the show, the director with the most bananas is named the winner. The revolving casts keep the show fresh every night, guaranteeing new laughs each time you see the show. On this particular night, the evening was hosted by Michael Teigen and the cast included Denise Jones, Margaret Nyfors, Graeme Duffy, Nathan Clark and Taz VanRassel.

Gorilla Theatre plays Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Visit for tickets and information.

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