OUR SPECIALTY FORMATS & STYLES

QUICK STUDY

We pull a random book from a bag and present an improvised show inspired by it after only 20 minutes of study. 

NEW WORKS

A Dramatists Play Service catalog is used to inspire the premier of a never-before-seen, fully-improvised one act play.

REVEREND GOODMAN'S CURE-ALL ELIXIR TRAVELING REVUE

Four swindlers in 1918 roll right into your town to sway you with elixir and tales of morality & sin.

BOX & STRING

Collab with Physical Plant Theater. A dream-like magical realist journey inspired by Murakami & Marquez.

GRIMM

A German peasant family weaves twisted tales in the style of the Brothers Grimm on a dark and cold night.

FRENCH FARCE

A completely improvised French Farce with wealthy idiots, lots of delightful word play, and silly physical comedy.

THE 1930s
We make The Great Depression less depressing with this comedic look at Hobos, The Dustbowl, and more!

THE TRAVELER
One person. One mission. To get from their starting point to the ending point. It's not as easy as it seems.

CHAIRS!

As many chairs as we can fit on the stage are moved throughout the show for fresh inspiration.

LOOK HEAR
Part 1920s silent film, part 1930s radio drama, all in one vibrant show.

UNANSWERED

An audience member's memory inspires a trip into a character's most influential moments, both past and present.

ERIS 2035

Four blue collar workers on a spaceship experience the quiet madness of the universe.

DICK & JANE

An improvised film noir plot set in the time of Jane Austen. 

VILLAINY
A story told from the villain's point of view. Dark, chilling, with no hero to save the day.

SOME LIKE IT IMPROVISED

A 1930/40s romantic screwball comedy. An unlikely love affair with wacky side characters along for the ride.

AFTER SCHOOL IMPROV

An improvised 1970s/80s After School Special, except this time it's funny on purpose.

FAMILY PORTRAIT

An improvised look at the eccentricities and intimacies of one family during a pivitol moment in thier lives.

IMPROMATIC

Randomly selected old photographs inspire each individual scene within a longer improvised play.

There are countless other formats as well, including The Interview, Rainy Day, 5 Units of Separation, Objectifying Chris Allen, PGraph & Friends, The Ratliff, The MonoPOP!, The TAB, The Rift, Book Club, Pretentious Theatre People Discovering Improv in the 1960s, Monologues for Teens, PGraph’s Personal Fringe Fest, and so many more.  And there are formats that are still being concocted, like Aha! and Captain Roy’s Muscle Boat. But we’ll leave the telling of those for another time.

"Parallelogramophonograph brought to the UK their weekly admired improvised drama show. In under an hour we saw the characters appear, define themselves and grow stronger in a completely unprecedented play titled ‘Woman before a Glass’ – title and plot outline picked by the audience, no cheating! The strong culmination tied it all (including the elephant) together.”
– RemoteGoat.co.uk

“It’s a testament to their commitment to the craft and and their comfort on stage that they managed to sustain a rapt audience through laugh-free periods. You know, like good theater tends to do.”
-The Austinist

 

“If you haven’t seen Parallelogramophonograph, you should. If you have seen Parallelogramophonograph, well, you should see them again and again.”
– Benjamin Helgeson

“Another Friday meant another visit with the Rev. Goodman and his companions as they sell their cure all elixir and entertain us with stories of their various exploits. Words fail me at this point, because I don’t believe the English language has adequate words of praise and happiness which will do this show justice. Kareem, Kaci, Roy, and Valerie create magic every show, and each one is better than the last. Thank you P-Graph for allowing me to forget the ills of the mundane world by drawing me into the amazing world you create every week. ”
– Mike Kinald 

“The audience suggestion they exploded from was “building a doghouse,” and it led to vignettes involving a pair of identical twins building an anti-chihuahua fence, a man unhappily bearing the burden of his late father’s hardware store, a municipal bus being chased by very fast cows, and so on, with all of it adding to the highest of jinks.”
-The Austin Chronicle

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