Awards / Press
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival 2017 Award winner:
Artist (s) Whose Work Made Me Laugh the Most
"Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid!" - IRTE
Twice Nominated for Outstanding MITF/Variety Performance at the Midtown International Theatre Festival
2017 - Happy Birthday Stupid, Kid!
2016 - Dig
2014 SHITFA (Supreme Honorary Improvised Theater & Film Award) for Outstanding Genre Performance
THE SCARY, Improvised Stephen King
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"I’ve never seen an improv show as unique or in depth as the one presented by IRTE...I don’t need any suggestions from the audience to help me convey how good this show was. You’ve heard of Paramount Plus and Disney Plus. Well, this was Improv Plus. The entire cast has incredibly vast and impressive credits as well as tons of professional experience. The troupe was very comfortable with each other and played well off each other. Costumes, props and furniture made this feel like a full-length theatrical production which it was. It just happened to be all improvised. I applaud all improv artists who have to think up funny lines and scenarios on their feet. This troupe was up for the task....The Marvelous Mrs. Mcluskey and all the madcap characters in her world were truly marvelous." Jen Bush, Words4Music-Blog
"...goofy, low-budget yet highly hilarious entertainment. ... this production was yet another entertaining gem." Anthony Piccione, Outerstage
"...funny and entertaining, an excellent example of this creative company’s commitment to the improvisational art. A HAPPY FACE all around." Ewing Reviewing
"...truly zany... I just hope I get invited to the wedding…" Jed Ryan, “TAMMY’S BACHELORETTE”: Jersey Girls, Off Broadway…, Lavendar After Dark
"... IRTE manages to strike a balance between both well-written comedic structure and pure improv, while also using both audience engagement and a creative assortment of props and makeup to stay on a low indie budget and still be uniquely laugh out loud funny..." Anthony Piccione,
"BEST. PARTY. EVER" Rebecca Benedict, Outer-Stage
"...raucous and a hell of a lot of fun." Jan Ewing, Hi Drama
"... an even more hilarious experience that you might expect. From stoned passengers to a sexually devious captain, it’s hard to imagine a more over-the-top comedic parody than this." Anthony Piccione, OnStage Blog
"Pleasurable, funny, artfully crafted and fast paced... a quick and welcoming reboot to one’s personal laugh meter. I recommend all stop by far an enjoyable tune up!"
"...a Sense-ational Experience ...theatre-goers will have a phenomenal time." Amy Carothers, NYC Travels.
"...it left me – along with the rest of the audience – laughing non-stop and wanting more..."
"...charming... a lot of fun... an engaging troupe of talented actors who are clearly dedicated to exploring the improvisional art." Jan Ewing, Hi Drama
"...highly energetic, and over the top in the best possible way..." Anthony J. Piccione, OnStage Blog
"If a John Waters movie and Ex Machina had a baby, it might look like WOWEE! ADVENTURES OF A GIRL KILLBOT... If you’re missing the family sitcoms of the 80’s, but don’t want to sacrifice your standard chained-up lounge singer belting out “Mr. Roboto”, or full-grown women being reabsorbed and rebirthed, this is absolutely the show for you. This reviewer snorted with laughter." First Looks - PortFringe 2018!
"...pure fun." Anthony J. Piccione, OnStage Blog
"...the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble has become one of the leading improv troupes in merry old Manhattan and a welcome and uproarious asset to festivals and other engagements across the country. The innovative group mixes retro humor, clever off-on-the-spot wit, and classic theatrical techniques to present wildly unique and wildly funny shows." Natasha Dawsen, Drama Queens, Comedy is Deasy! A moment with IRTE’s leader and comedian-in-chief
"... a very exciting–and very different–kind of improv show... If you see The Sense-ations! you’re in for a wild night... All in all The Sense-ations! is a wonderful night of theatre, comedy, and improv. Hats off to The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble as well as the wonderful cast for creating something I loved. " Sense-ational! Conor D. Mullen, Outerstage
"The newest production from IRTE (Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble) rehashes all of the awkward, hilarious, unforgettable shenanigans that occur whenever families get together to celebrate... an unforgettably entertaining evening."
Catherine Santino, Spoiled NYC, Laugh-Your-A$$-Off-Funny: Check Out These 2 Can’t-Miss Comedy Shows in NYC
"Magnificent... fantastic... one of the finest improv troupes today!" Outerstage, IRTE MITF A-OK
"Impressive acting, quick thinking, on-the-spot staging, and brilliant improvisation made this one of the better presentations at the (MITF) festival." Turan Koyuncu, Drama Queens Reviews, Many Happy Returns of IRTE!
"The show (BRPII) has everything you could ever want – deceit, torrid affairs, terrible wigs – all done in a gracefully improvised and cleverly executed way. I was basically laughing from beginning to end, all the while remaining in complete awe of how seamlessly the company members worked together to pull it off." Catherine Santino, Spoiled NYC, Real Housewives Meets Film Noir? This Comedy Show Is One of NYC's Biggest Hidden Gems
"The rich are richer, the laughter is bigger and audiences are the winners.... Guests will love to hate the snobbish socialites and the quick-witted improv team, provide side-splitting antics." Amy Carothers, NYCTravels, BRP is Back In IRTE’s Big, Rich and Powerful Production!
"...very funny... For a unique improv experience, full of laughs, sci-fi, and a bit of suspense go experience The Experiment." Larry Schneier, Now On Broadway
"Big, Rich, Powerful...and FUNNY!",
Inola McGuire, Drama Queens
"...[IRTE] gives its all at each performance... Skillfully mastering the curveballs the audience pitched at them... You’ve pressed your luck and missed the final Avoidance! performance but the only losers are those not taking advantage of an upcoming show." Amy Carothers, NYCTravels, IRTE’s Avoidance improvs not hinders the production
"Big, Rich and Powerful was a soap-opera style comedy... that was truly worth watching... They captured the idea of the late night drama beautifully and pulled you right in with humor and ingenuity.... astonishing."
Emmy Pai, Outerstage, Big, Rich and TALENTED people
Named one of the "7 Must-See Shows" of the 2014 Boston Comedy Arts Festival by BostInno
"A completely unique improv show catered to those of us who seek the spooky!...I died of laughter... If you’re looking for a good night of fun, definitely check out iRtE!," Heather Boddy, THESPI-HONEST
"...a still-fresh improv group that continues to make waves in NYC and all throughout the country. ...the theme of this show (The Scary) feeds you a dose of creepiness to go with the humor. The end result is a terrifying trifecta of laughter, looneys, and even live music." Roberto Tobar, Casual Comedy News, Roberto's Casual Picks
"...their fun was infectious," Geri Silver, Theatre is Easy
"There is no doubt the IRTE crew are funny and great at what they do, which is improv. I encourage you to check them out this season for more radical and theatrical fun!" Imani Johnson, The High 5 Review, So Funny It's Scary
"Hilariously Scary NY Theatre... It's remarkable how this ensemble is able to take the random given circumstances and masterfully weave together a narrative by the end of the show... All the cast members have stage presence and you enjoy watching their creativity and spontaneity at work." Lillian Rodriguez, Film Annex, Hilariously Scary NY Theatre - IRTE Improv Madness
"Quick-wit hi-jinks... The agile ensemble set the stage brilliantly... They deftly add a lot of topical humor... and - undoubtedly thanks to their own stage training - excellent comic timing... The razor sharp IRTE is humor for the thinking man – and woman," Amy M. Frateo, Outerstage
"A great show that included enough specifics to satisfy my inner-geek and also stood on its own as a delightful long-form improvisation... smart, grounded comedy," Improvisation News
"A clever cacophony of topical humor, retro references, and
on-their-feet wit ... a merry chase" , Bob Greene, Outerstage,
"A lot of fun!", Dennis Holden, Dennis Has a Podcast
"If you didn't catch IRTE's Virtego Circus Thursday night, you don't know what you missed. A most unique short form show! Check it out." Tampa Improv Festival
"A hilarious spoof... I was cracking up throughout the entire show...magnificent", Susanne Pinedo, Pinedo PR
"IRTE is a cutting edge improv group,"
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