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Mister Sinus: The Karate Kid
Last night, I got out to the next-to-last night of the Mister Sinus production of "The Karate Kid". They did an acceptable job of pointing out the funny, but there wasn't any really brilliant moment from the heckling that stands out in my mind. I think they relied a little heavily on adding "punk-ass" dialog to both Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, and the hint of a "happy ending" motivation of Mr. Miyagi's training was played over and over. There is some value to shock humor, but I think they play a bit to the obvious jokes; back when I did improv theater briefly at Georgia Tech, the instructor told us to throw away the first idea that came to your head, as the one that replaced it would be fresher and funnier.

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I've been to Mr. Sinus Theatre only once, when they did Top Gun, and felt exactly the same way. Obvious jokes run into the ground, lowest common denominator, etc., etc. People whose opinions I respect really like them, but I just don't get it. Glad to see I'm not the only one. :)

I didn't want to give the impression that I didn't have fun. I've seen them do some brilliant stuff, but the last couple of shows just didn't work so well for me.

My favorite Mister Sinus events were the skit for "The Terminator" (that one was the film replayed as a musical to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody); the skit for "The Lost Boys" (featuing Owen, playing Corey Haim, hoisted over the audience in a garlic loincloth); and the improvised-on-the-spot songs from the 2003 Christmas show.

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