The Level Sevens take a fair bit of artistic licence with the stories but this is all part of the fun. The guest performers Woah Alyssa! are an entertaining duo, they did well with the apparent lack of instructions and had fun with it.
An improvised show works best when the performers coordinate as a team. While the performers appear to really enjoy their craft and regularly laughed at each other’s onstage hijinks, they didn’t connect as well with the audience. The show was understandably a little rusty on their opening night and the group appeared to struggle to find their flow.
The performers got bogged down in repetitive humour that they could not get out of. When a performer came in with a creative idea (Rhian and Pavan were the standouts in this area), another performer quickly adjusted the scene and stunted the momentum. While heightened emotions can bring energy to a performance, the repeated scenes featuring anger, disappointment or lethargy felt out of place in a comedy show and contrary to the fast-paced, silly and light-hearted mood that The Level Sevens appears to aim for.
Improvised comedy carries an inherent risk that it might not work well every night. The Level Sevens has talent in their cast so hopefully they will regain the magic and find comedy gold in future iterations.
Check out The Level Sevens at the 2018 MICF from 17 to 22 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.