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Shakespeare gets the improv treatment with a comic troupe

Shakespeare gets the improv treatment with a comic troupe

At the beginning of every Improvised Shakespeare Company show at Largo, founder and director Blaine Swen steps up to briefly explain what is about to take place: a play, in the style of Shakespeare, created before their eyes.

He then asks for a title from the audience; somehow managing to pluck one out of the typically thunderous response. After the title is picked, one actor steps up to recite a prologue, all in unrehearsed rhyme. Recent shows ranged from “Straight Outta Venice,” which featured some terribly fantastic rapping, to “Survivor: Globe Edition,” which turned into a “Tempest”-like romp of romance and murder, along with a monster that...

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