There’s nothing like improvisational theater to get your heart racing. It’s like watching a group of actors play catch, with a ball that has a wildly unpredictable life of its own. You watch them toss lines back and forth, waiting for just one slip, and then when the slip occurs, it somehow—miraculously—becomes part of the storyline. And when the actors rely on audience members to give them suggestions for different scenarios, or yell out their support or disapproval, you think, “Surely, they won’t be able to work with this idea.” Then they work it into their act seamlessly, and you’re dazzled again. Improvisational actors are truly the master acrobats of theater.
If you’re looking for an excellent improvisational theater experience, look no further than Leela in San Francisco. Leela has been around since 2003 and offers more than just shows; they are also a training center for actors interested in learning the art of improv. As such, they are dedicated to functioning as a community of artists with an open culture. Their mission is to see actors thrive and grow. They host a variety of improv activities including free improv workshops, classes in singing called ‘Sing on the Spot,’ and their ‘Spirit of Play’ program, which teaches improvisation as a meditative practice of mindfulness.
Leela’s newest upcoming show is Wood Elves’ House Party happening on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00pm at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center at 145 Ninth Street in San Francisco. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased here. Parking in this area can be a bit difficult, but you can always leave the car at home and take the BART to Civic Center Station and walk just two blocks to the space. One last thing to keep in mind is that this show may include topics for a mature audience, they’re asking that the minimum age of audience members be at least 14 years old.
Take a chance on seeing some great improv theater with Leela, you won’t be disappointed!