Off The Top with Jason Kravits and Special Guests, Brasserie Zédel - ★★★★ - Until January 19, 2020


Jason Kravits' improv show is magic! With the pace and timing of a master magician he takes random words and phrases from the audience and transforms them into a coherent narrative with improvised musical interludes. He does a terrific parody of a supposed singer doing a lounge act which chronicles his career. In our show, it was Matthew Discovery who shared the details of his life with ingratiating intimacy and a pseudo-sincerity that was made totally hilarious by the absurdity of his life story and the songs created by Kravits' random selection of audience suggestions. Our singer's act never missed a trope of the standard one person cabaret while completely sending up the whole genre. The medley from his 'musical' was a masterclass of improv. One marveled that all those random concepts could be strung together and appear to have some order imposed upon them. We also loved his clever riff on the music of Stephen Sondheim. On this occasion he was joined by guest star, Ruth Bratt whose great singing and improvisation skills matched Kravits' own. It was a delight to enjoy them bouncing off each other musically and comedically. Throughout Kravits was backed by John Thorn (Musical Director/Pianist), Jonny Gee (Bass), and Sophie Alloway (Drums). They never missed a beat as we were taken on an uproarious journey of excellent vocals, stunning inventiveness and spell binding energy!

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Danny Kaan.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until January 19, 2020
Mon - Sat: 7 pm
Brasserie Zédel
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/jason-kravits-jan-2020?date=225477400

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