Claymore and Wisesnatch Member Picks

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 14 2013

Described as an "improv seminar," this competition between two gender-specific troupes—all-male Claymore and all-female Wisesnatch—is a foul-mouthed affair filled with strong but scattershot physical comedy. On the night I saw the show, Wisesnatch began their set by asking for a suggestion of something you can say to "fuck up" a job interview, and an audience member naturally responded with "fuck." The bits that followed alternately flamed and fizzled, offering characters like a perverted babysitter and parents using their child as a practice dummy for medical procedures. Spinning off from the suggestion "horse," Claymore displayed an interesting, free-form style that involved using abstract movement and a kind of scat singing to transition between scenes. Though some of their bits felt gratuitously sexual and violent, the members of Claymore were impressively fearless in invading one another's personal space. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10

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