There are few troupes, in Dallas Comedy House or elsewhere, that have as many tentacles as Midnight Passion. I don’t mean that as in appendages, although between Raye Maddox, Jordan Armstrong, Jeff Garlish, Jessica Roth, Camille Long and Lisa Michalsky, there’s 28 of those (I’m counting legs and arms, but I’m not up to the math of counting fingers and toes and I can’t confirm all troupe members have the default numbers of those).
I do mean that they dabble in all sort of formats and refuse to be pinned down to one particular kind. Oh sure, they tried, but ultimately decided to free themselves from the bonds of one form.
"When we tried to do a specific format we were trying to hit, we'd get too into our heads and too technical,” said Raye.
On this particular practice, they were readying themselves for a bat performance at the Dallas Lighthouse For The Blind, showing that they’re an improv troupe with (newscaster inflection)…a heart.
Through the bat practice, the laughs were smart, irreverent, and plentiful. Their chemistry was tight. You could see what Lisa meant when she says “This is the troupe where I'm actively trying to make my troupemates laugh.”
Their skilled touch is appreciated by their coach, Shawn Frambach. "They are experienced enough to know what they are doing, whether they know that or not."
There’s lots of hard work here, too. Practices through the years have rarely been cancelled or poorly attended. It was important to them that everyone was present for my sit-in. And they take pride in the fact that they are DCH’s longest-running troupe borne out of a Ewing house team that still has most of their original members.
"This troupe invests in themselves, like they'll be around for awhile,” says Shawn.
If you go see them, you’ll find yourself wanting to see them again and again for awhile, too. You can see them Saturdays at 10 at DCH on September 23rd, October 14th, and October 21st.
Kevin Beane graduated from the DCH improv program in 2016 and is in the DCH troupe Preschool Fight Club. He also cohosts Quizprov, and performs in the Dallas-area troupe Autocomplete. He likes sports, eating, sleeping, board games, poker, euchre, and procrastinating. He hails from Akron, Ohio.