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Expect The Unexpected At Comedy Improv Festival

TheatreSports. No, it doesn't mean the Bard and baseball, although if you tossed that idea at some of the participants of the TheatreSports company, they could probably do something with it.

Something weird. Something funny.

TheatreSports is Seattle's longest-running improvisational comedy show. Actors working with little more than their wits weave, spin and slap often twisted ideas into the cloth of comedy. This weekend kicks off the 10th anniversary of Seattle's TheatreSports with the 1993 International Festival of Improvisation at the Market Theatre. It'll be eight days of long- and short-form improvisation by fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants troupes.

Part of the program will be strictly entertainment. The rest is competitive, with members of different companies mixed and matched, most for the very first time. We all know how painful that can be.

"We have companies from London, the United States and Canada," says Shandell Sosna of Unexpected Productions, which produces Seattle's TheatreSports. Many of the companies are TheatreSports groups, including those from New York, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C., Portland, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Also on the bill is Edmonton's Rapid Fire Theatre, Calgary's Loose Moose Company and Orlando's Sak Entertainment.

Sonsa says the first three days of the festival will be dedicated to different styles of improvised comedy. Scared Scriptless (Vancouver, B.C.) and Triple Play (L.A.) are on at 8 p.m. today, and with TheatreSports at 10:30 p.m.

Tomorrow it's Scriptless and Triple Play at 2 p.m., Gorilla Theatre (Calgary) and Songs of the Humpback Improvisor (Seattle musical group) at 8 p.m. and TheatreSports at 10:30 p.m.

Sunday it's Gorilla and Humpback at 2 p.m. and Narrative Collage (a performer jam) at 7 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday the theater is dark.

Wednesday through next Saturday will be the International TheatreSports Tournament preliminaries. For the big competition, the names of all the performers are put in a hat and pulled to make up seven very mixed-up teams. The preliminaries take place at 8 p.m. each day, with additional shows at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. The finals will be Sunday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for all the shows except the finals June 27 ($10).

All performances are at the Market Theatre in the Pike Place Market on Post Alley between Pike and Union.

For additional information and reservations, call 781-9273.

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