Toolbox triumphs with its first of multiple shows

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Xavier Players’ 2014-15 Toolbox cast kicked off the month of November with free comedy performances on Nov. 1 and 2. The hour-long improvised comedy show had its audience of students and alumni laughing both at and with the cast. From the cast’s creation of skits using buzzwords given by the audience to their free-frame style changing of characters and scenes, this performance, like other improv comedy shows, was a surprise for both the audience and the cast, who at times could not contain their own laughter. Given that the entire show is made up on … Continue reading Toolbox triumphs with its first of multiple shows

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By: Eric Minion ~Staff Writer~ With the Xavier University Theatre Department successfully kicking off its season with “The Last Five Years,” Xavier’s student-operated theater club, Xavier Players, also has much in store. Students should know that Xavier Players is busy with a full season scheduled for the year. There is the return of “Toolbox,” the club’s improvisational show. However, Xavier Players has taken a slightly different take on the classic show. Instead of having one cast for a single show, the cast of “Toolbox” will be year-long. As a result, students can expect to see more of “Toolbox” throughout the … Continue reading Players preview

“Toolbox: Take Two” a success

By: Thomas Bell ~Guest Writer~ Xavier Players’ “Toolbox: Take 2” once again delighted audiences with a show that not even the ac­tors knew was coming. Billed as “a new show every night,” seniors Brandon Martin and Will Clemens directed a cast of seven Xavier students in the improvisational comedy show that has become a Players fixture over the years. This incarnation of “Toolbox” was a bit different, however, as the cast strayed from traditional, short improv games to a long-form show with one central plot. Although the difficult perfor­mance style made a few scenes appear unnatural and forced, the actors … Continue reading “Toolbox: Take Two” a success