The principle behind improv can be summed up as “Yes, and….” If a performer indicates she’s a mermaid, a mad scientist, or a matador, her fellow actors accept it as truth and add to it, maintaining the scene at all costs. “Yes, and” also seems to be the philosophy of the booking agent at People’s Improv Theater, since its fourth annual Indie-Pendence Day Festival boasts more than 20 troupes from around the city. Aside from the on-the-spot ingenuity the form demands, the sheer volume of entertainment has one undeniably American quality: Everywhere you look, there’s more.

Fri., July 4, noon, 2014

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2014

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