Triplespeak follows a classic improvisational format, the Armando. The reason the Armando is so widely performed is that it cuts to the core of what’s funny: the truth. By inviting guests from beyond our theatre’s community to candidly share stories, we expose our stage to a breadth of personal truth. More than dramatizing these experiences, a skilled ensemble will deconstruct them to show an audience the edges of the social frameworks that make these stories so absurd, scary, triumphant, and human. The format’s other strength lies in its simplicity: beyond knowing that our cast will take inspiration from the brief monologues shared by our guests, they are free to improvise without restriction. Each show builds itself out from the stories shared, as the cast weaves those experiences into new stories which, in a good Armando, make you laugh very hard, uniquely provoked by thought and feeling.
Shows of this nature broaden our understanding of one another. They invite new truths to become part of a shared worldview. In a climate of polarizing realities it is crucial to share our stories and make sense of them together. Audiences will be treated to some of Toronto’s most engaging minds inspiring some of Toronto’s funniest improvisors, performing with intelligence and abandon.
Triplespeak is directed by Alex Tindal (The Beaverton), and features Rob Baker (Bonspeil!) Tricia Black (The Sketchersons), Andrew Bushell (Fake Cops), Nigel Downer (Second City Mainstage), Nelu Handa (Yas Kween), Sharjil Rasool (Second City TourCo.) and more.