Boy, did I get it wrong. I legitimately thought this was a matinee for adults interested in watching improv put on by the Big Hoo-Haa! It's not. But please don't get me wrong - this show is clearly targeted at families with young children but there is enough here for parents to enjoy, much like today's kids' films.
For this, 'Improvilicious' is an incredibly savvy show for that younger audience. Through the conceit of space-jumping between important stages in theatre's history, youngins are informed through short excerpts of The Arts' great plays: one minute it's witnessing the Ancient Greeks, then it's A Doll House onstage, and finishing with Aussie theatre's 'The Removalist'. The fast-paced nature of the show makes it far removed from a chore and a bore.
And the hosts do a fine job too. Definitely earning their keep, the physical jester-like Jimmy James Eaton and the charming smiling Ben Russell bring swift improv skills to a new audience. Splitting each era of performance with a short-form theatre sport - say, four square emotions, he said/she said, or new choice - the hyper-silly fun onstage was more than enough to get the room laughing.
Maybe it's something for diehard comedy fans without families to skip, as there are more suitable shows out there to see. But, if you're a diehard comedy fan with a family, this is one of the hottest tickets in town.
Melbourne Town Hall: Powder Room - 3:30pm