At the Washington Improv Theatre’s Binge festival, the funny never runs out


Improv group Commonwealth will stage episodes of an off-the-cuff sitcom at Binge. (C. Stanley Photography)

Summer is a time for bingeing: binge-eating, binge-drinking-responsibly, binge-spending-time-outdoors-while-drinking-responsibly-and-eating. So it’s the perfect time for Binge, the Washington Improv Theater’s overindulgent summer comedy extravaganza. For five weeks beginning Thursday, The Source will host a number of improvised performances from its company ensembles, along with a handful of independent teams. The idea is for attendees to see as many shows as possible, and some more than once. After all, this is improv comedy, where no two shows are alike. Here’s the lowdown on three binge-worthy performances.

Dummy

Married couple Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts fly in from Chicago’s iO Theater to bring their popular two-person improv show to D.C. this weekend. “They’re known for having really well-acted, emotionally honest shows,” says Dan Miller, WIT’s external relations director. “It’s of course comedic, but they also bring to life some really interesting relationships.”
(Fri., 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.)

‘SitCommonwealth’

Improv troupe Commonwealth is behind D.C.’s next great sitcom, “SitCommonwealth.” All eight ensemble members are playing characters that will recur during each show episode of this ’80s-inspired improvised sitcom. “It is one of the most tech-heavy shows we’ve ever done,” Miller says. “They’ve got themes, credits, commercials, [and] sets that they’re moving on and off.”
(Sat., 8 p.m.; July 18, July 25 & Aug. 1, 8 p.m.; Aug. 8, 8 & 10 p.m.) 

‘UnMissed Connections’

The members of iMusical take on Craigslist-inspired missed connections in their latest made-up-on-the-spot musical. Using the audience’s stories, they’ll imagine what would have happened had a missed connection gone un-missed, improvising an entire musical in the process. If you’ve ever wanted to see your love story — or rather, your love story that never was — acted out musical theater-style, now’s your chance.
(July 18, July 25 & Aug. 1, 8 & 10 p.m.)

Source, 1835 14th St. NW; Thu. through Aug. 9, various times, $12-$30 per show (five-show Binge-watcher package is $40); 202-204-7770, washingtonimprovtheater.com. (U Street)

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