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Shakespeare 'as you like it' on Valentine's Day
The Improvised Shakespeare Company interprets the spirit of the Bard
By Karen Bloom
Hath thou a line? Those energetic lads, who are otherwise known as the Improvised Shakespeare Company, dance, sing and even get involved in some swordplay.They’ll perform at the Madison Theatre on Feb. 14.

Treat your sweetie to an evening of comedy and couplets with those funny fellows of the Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC).
The Chicago, Ill.-based troupe of improv actors returns to the Madison Theatre, at Molloy College, on Friday, Feb. 14, after a successful visit here last winter. Once again, they’ll regale Long Islanders with an all-new Shakespearean masterpiece as the five-person ensemble creates a fully improvised, often irreverent “new” addition to the Shakespeare canon in front of the audience — totally impromptu.
As those who are familiar with the goings-on from last year’s playlet (Richard in the Parking Lot) — or from ISC’s performances in Manhattan, Chicago and elsewhere — know, each show is created around an audience suggestion that is provided at the start (for a title for a play “that has yet to be written”). From there the hilarity takes off — in Elizabethan style, of course.
Each of the players is continuously brushing up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy based on the language and themes of William Shakespeare.
And with the show falling on Valentine’s Day, some star-crossed lovers might get in on the action this time around, along with the assorted power struggles, sprites, kings, queens, princes and princesses, swordplay, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise. In short, it’s all that one expects from the pen of the Bard — and more. “You never know what to expect with these guys,” says the Madison Theatre’s Artistic Director Angelo Fraboni. “They’re not afraid of anything and they’re ready for anything.”
That may even include some Valentine’s Day silliness.
“There’s some much there to work with, from Romeo and Juliet to all those lovers in his comedies. If someone throws out a Valentine’s Day reference, the possibilities are endless. You don’t know where it’s going or where it will end up.”
But it’s an evening that will surely keep everyone on the edge of their seats.


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