Saturday 11 August 2012 | By Andrew Bell
ED2012 Comedy Review: Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel (Milk Monitors / Laughing Horse Free Festival)
An hour is a long time in improvisation and it takes skill and wit to keep the audience laughing that long. Thankfully, The Milk Monitors have plenty of talent to go around. Riffing on “lost” Jane Austen titles suggested by the capacity crowd, they weave a delightfully silly tale of ribbons, romance and text messages off the cuff to much merriment. Some scenes work better than others – they could stand to take more audience suggestions than just the title to stop things getting stale – but the cast never falter or let their energy drop. Funny, frilly and family friendly, you don’t need to be an Austen fan to enjoy this lunchtime cracker. Just be there early to get a seat!
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 1.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Bell]