James reviews Left for Dead Improv 

Since 2011, Left for Dead, a troop of local improv actors over the age of 50, have brought sarcasm, snark, and silliness to the stage. Their nearly sold-out Friday night performance was preceded by comedian Dan Mulcahy, who riffed off fake audience comments blended with a slew of absurdist jokes.

The brisk half hour of improv that followed took us back to the 1950s, with the players creating characters on the spot who filled the night with aspects of the era: tail fins, giant tube TVs, poodle skirts, sock-hops, talk of nuclear weapons, and smoking in bowling alleys.

Various teammates helped long-time teammate Carol McDonald Shea get in and out of scenes as she moved gingerly with her cane. After the show, she sat down aching. She's getting a hip replacement next week. But there was no way she was going to miss this show.

"I'm a ham," Shea told CITY. "But I love being on stage. When the adrenaline gets going I feel no pain."

You can catch Left for Dead’s final Fringe 2018 show Saturday, September 15, at 2 p.m. at Writers & Books. $10. Appropriate for ages 18 and older.
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