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Needs Improvment and BETCo performance sparks humor and deeper thought

Needs Improvment and BETCo performance sparks humor and deeper thought

Phoebe Kallaher, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, reviews, Showcase

From ranting about all the reasons to hate doors to an impromptu country song about skater boys, girls and people, the dual performance of Needs Improvment and the Brookline Education Theatre Company (BETCo) was both hilarious and captivating. In their first show of the year, Needs Improvment and BETCo perf...

Review: Needs Improvment

Review: Needs Improvment

Sandeep Gingipalli, Staff Writer

May 20, 2018


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, Showcase

From Irish pirates in 1647 to a group of people in heaven explaining how a banana peel led to their humorous deaths, the Needs Improvment show on May 11 made hilarious and witty dialogue out of bizarre scenarios. The event took place in the Robert-Dubbs Auditorium and left the audience laughing from...

Review: Needs Improvment

Review: Needs Improvment

Sophia Stewart, Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, Showcase

How would a meeting of the Reptilian Sexuality Club go down, and what would feuding librarians have to say to each other? The members of Needs Improvment took on these tricky questions, while wearing pajamas, in a witty, spontaneous, and absolutely hilarious performance on Jan. 11 in the Roberts-Dubbs...

Review: Needs Improvment show

Review: Needs Improvment show

Mia Thompson, Staff Writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, Showcase

An angry vegan at a meat festival, a girl with a lot of Eggos and two friends with strong feelings towards activism were just a few hilarious characters in Need’s Improvements comedic skits on Friday. Needs Improvment’s first show of the school year took place on Nov. 17, and they did not disapp...

Review: Needs Improvment Show

Review: Needs Improvment Show

Vera Targoff, Staff Writer

May 16, 2017


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, Showcase

The Robert-Dubbs Auditorium speakers played songs by Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Coldplay as students and parents made their way inside, excitedly chattering about the performance to come. The first few rows were filled with students, and parents and family members spread out throughout the auditorium. ...

Review: Needs Improvment Showcase

Review: Needs Improvment Showcase

Maisie Kramer, Staff Writer

January 7, 2017


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Enthusiastic theatergoers filed into the Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium before the performance started. Most of the audience members sat in the first 10 rows of the auditorium as soft music played in the background, giving the vibe of a chill, intimate coffeehouse show. The Needs Improvment show on Friday, Jan. 6 ...

Review: Needs Improvment Showcase and BETCo’s Other Things

Review: Needs Improvment Showcase and BETCo’s Other Things

Daisy Elliot, Staff Writer

November 19, 2016


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, Showcase

The Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium filled with students and eager parents on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., all gathered to watch the first Needs Improvment and BETCo performance of the year. The crowd chuckled, gasped, and applauded throughout Needs Improvment’s entire performance. BETCo (Brookline Educatio...

Review: Needs Improvment Battle

Susanna Kemp, Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


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The Needs Improvment “Battle” on May 28 in the Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium pitted alumni against current members of the improv troupe in a good-natured competition that was both hilarious and bittersweet, as it marked the last performance for the seniors. The current members of the troupe marched on...

Improv group focuses on group dynamic

Improv group focuses on group dynamic

Leon Yang, Sports Writing Editor

January 21, 2016


Filed under Arts

Improvised performance is an outlet for spontaneous artistic expression rather than the result of weeks of preparation. Fueled by the variability and risk associated with this type of drama, members of the high school’s improvised drama group, Needs Improvment, strive to strengthen each other in per...

Review: Revisions

Review: Revisions

Cleo Falvey, Arts Writing Editor

January 14, 2016


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews, Showcase

Variety is the spice of life, and variety was certainly in abundance at Revisions 2016. Held in Dance Studio One in the Tappan Gym at 7:30 p.m., the showcase of dancing, singing and improv had the theater crowded. A supportive audience was engaged throughout the entirety of the 90-minute show. The n...

Review: Needs Improvment

Review: Needs Improvment

Jillian Goldstein, Staff Writer

January 10, 2016


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews

Needs Improvment, the improvisational acting group at the high school, performs with such a natural feeling, fluidity and joy, it is difficult to tell that performers make up their lines in the moment. On Friday, Jan. 8, in the Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium, the group once again wowed an audience with t...

Review: Needs Improvment/BETCo

Benjamin Mandl, Staff writer

November 13, 2015


Filed under Arts, Performance Reviews

  The Needs Improvment and BETCo showcase began with all the actors marching onstage while happy music played. Shortly afterward, there was an opening monologue by an actor, senior Gabe Doyle, to which the rest of the cast told him, “You need improvement!” On Thursday, Nov. 12, Needs Improvment...

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