We we caught up with Patti Stiles to ask her a few questions about the The Grand Exotic Budapescht Hotel. The Grand Exotic Budapescht Hotel is an improvised soap opera, performed from July 22 - Sept. 9. Patti Stiles is the director and Co-Artistic Director of the show. She is also one of the members of the award-winning group Die Nasty in Edmonton Canada, who created this particular form of improvised show.
It must have been the blood moon as ectoplasm mayhem checked in to The Grand Budapescht Hotel this week. The Countess spent an exhausting week dodging Lawyer Monty St. Claire. Luckily friend, confidant and master ruse maker Dr. Hans Foottee concocted an elaborate plot. It was easy; the Countess would fake her own death with the Dr.’s medical seal of approval. Then she would be exorcised back to life. How convenient Sister Agnes of Assumption happened to wander into the hotel after losing the Von Trapps trail. The Sisters rapture was spirit shockingly convincing.
The Countess hosted Dr. Hans Foottee and Concierge Theadore Jones to her table to dine. The tension was as thick as the soup and Dr. Foottee showed his expert abilities at cutting as he sliced Theadore’s ego into thin slices of tartar in front of the divine Countess.
"If you're looking for two hours of fun, escapism, and rapier sharp wit, tinged with an element of craziness, you can be guaranteed it at The Grand Exotic Budapescht Hotel." Weekend Notes
Self Impro vement - Impro: making me and the world better. I've been learning impro for 10 months and I'm in love with it - not only because it's wildly fun (it is), but because impro is helping me become the person I want to be in the world. Impro teaches me to be kind to myself, to really listen to my own and others' needs, to be curious about what could come next and brave enough to let it change my mind and touch my heart.
The next time you see an Impro Melbourne show, once you’re settled in your seat, take a moment to look behind you. Chances are you’ll spot one of our players in the back row, armed with a notebook, trying not to attract attention. Sometimes it’s the director of the show; more often, it’s a member of the cast taking their turn in an important role: the player on notes. With few exceptions, every Impro Melbourne show has a player on notes, because we believe that every show – no matter how successful – has something to teach us.