Sight Unseen – The Future of Irish Theatre – Smock Alley – Review
An Auto-Correbt Production – Sat 11 May 2019 | 8:30pm | Main Space
The team at Auto-Correbt set themselves a near impossible task. This was a night of previews of the best new productions in Irish theatre. Over the months ahead, a multitude of productions will arrive on our shores and the cast have carried out extensive research and interviews with the directors and production teams of each show to give you a flavour of what’s in store…. or maybe they just make it up as they go along!
Auto-Correbt are an improv comedy team that decided to set their fangs into the world of theatre. The premise was quite interesting, as they allowed the audience to pick at random the name of a new theatre production and then improvised on what the show is about. They also had a collection of cards which decided what style each production was. On the night, we had a new horror show called ‘Madagascar‘, Madame Butterfly, Avenue Q, and two versions of the Unmanageable Sisters, along with a multitude of other other shows. The styles varied from monologues to musicals to science fiction, and a whole world in-between.
Each sketch lasted about five minutes and went in radically different directions from the original plays. As with any young improv team, some of the sketches worked well, whereas others struggled to lift off but the general standard was quite high. Improv comedy is all about quick wit and interesting ideas, so the team was constantly on their toes in this hour long performance.
Cast: Mark Cantan, Sean Flaherty, Mikey Fleming, Paul Hoey, Michael Kunze, Ben Razey, Ashly Stewart