There are many Improv shows out there at the Fringe, but none come close to One Night Stand’s perfection. When we deal with Improv, we normally get awkward silences, inconsistent plots and some nervous actors on stage, but One Night Stand’s has none of that. They are so amazingly good, you feel like you are watching a pre-rehearsed play, and their story lines, though random, they are consistent, well developed and perfectly staged.
As each night is different, it is useless to describe plots, but suffice to say that they work very well together in creating something with a linear narrative out of the suggestions from the audience. Each actor plays a set character and remains as that character.
What is best about One Night Stand is not their fast thinking minds, but how they can work altogether so entwined as to not re-write parts of the story, or contradict themselves.
Their singing is fantastic as well (after all, it is a musical), and the songs take the narrative forward, instead of existing as asides to the main story. If there is anything to criticise about their act is the fact that, since it is all improvised, there is an obvious lack of a resolution. But even this is not so much a problem as an anecdote. Who cares about an ending, when the ride is this much fun.
Adrian G. Velazquez