Questions can have multiple meanings in improvisational theatre.

Ask for

As a moderator I can ask the audience for guidelines. It may be advantageous to pose the questions cleverly. (see Moderator)

Dramatic "list of ingredients"

As a player I can consider certain questions (" Who am I? "," Where am I? "," What is our relationship?" etc.), which assist in determining the scene, also see CBZO, ROTZ.

Dialog

Finally, I can judge my fellow actors in scenic dialog. Questions and statements should be considered as opposites where questions basically should be avoided and statements are preferable and meaningful.

Whoever asks questions of the other  players, often cedes some of the responsibility by not deciding if something is this way or that. He leaves this decision up to his partner. He does not promote the dialog or action, but delays, marks time. Crucially, the partner must agree with the question (so as not to block the action).

Example:

  • Ask in an ongoing scene: "Darling, what shall we do today?" or better: " Darling, mother wants to go out to dinner with us today!"

Questions, which move the action forward.

There are questions that expedite the action, i.e. "Have you installed this camera in the bedroom?" or "Isn't this the old haunted castle?" There is also an exercise / improv-game in which a scene is played out where all dialog must be in the form of a question (question scene).

last update: 2015-05-17
by Guido Boyke

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