BATS is the Bay Area theater scene’s long-standing reminder not to plan out everything so seriously. A little bit of spontaneity always leads to unexpected directions, and the joy of making those happy accidents into something compelling is a drive for this community’s veteran improvisational group. The pinnacle of each year’s work, the 18th Annual Summer Improv Festival, runs each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through September 8 with events that include BATS veterans and guests; there are also workshops for students on Sundays. Main company players (Diane Rachel, Kasey Klemm, Paul Killam, Rebecca Stockley, William Hall, and Zoe Galvez) assemble for tonight's Director’s Cut! Praise or Punishment, a 105-minute show comprised of 13-minute scenes. If the audience judges the scene a “hit,” the director has a shot at ending the evening as the most praised, but if the scene is deemed a “flop,” they’ll be subjected to apparently humiliating punishments on stage.
Thu., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., 2012