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Spectacle Spectacular New Review (Theater and Comedy)

When: Sundays. Continues through Aug. 16 2015

Improvisers the Glitter Island Gang have teamed up with the J. Lindsay Brown Dance Company for this intermittently enjoyable production, in which a brand-new musical is made up on the spot. On the night I saw the show, an audience suggestion of "gooey" inspired a shaggy tale about a town being taken over by sentient slime. As you'd expect from a large cast working without a script or choreography, things can get chaotic and, despite the efforts of directors Brown and Neil Figuracion, the two troupes don’t ever fully coalesce. The dancers in particular seem unsure of what to do with themselves. It falls to the improvisers to scrounge up some laughs and make sense of the plot, though they struggle to maintain focus. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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