Caitlin Puckett and Calvin Cole are sitting on stage, recounting the details of their romance. The stage is set for Your Love, Our Musical at Peoples Improv Theater on a warm May night, with hosts Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman inviting an unassuming couple up on the stage, interviewing them about how they met, fell for each other, etc., then improvising a half-hour musical about that very love story. Where improvised comedy in general and improvised musical comedy in particular can get painfully, embarrassingly stilted, Vigil and Kaufman's hour-long show is bombastic, clean and ever hysterical. They've mastered the artform, their chemistry as artists (they are not a couple in real life) as much part of the show as the chemistry behind the couple they feature.
Photo by Luke Fontana Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman of Your Love, Our Musical
Puckett and Cole begin revealing their story, having met at a medical alarm company (the I've-fallen-and-can't-get-up type where people call in for assistance), its cubicles tiny and surveillance cameras watching those working there, always. They were friends first. Puckett was in a long distance relationship with a slightly depressive man named Justin Atkinson when she realized their connection wasn't the real deal. She broke it off with Justin, and she and Cole got together the very same night. Cole brought over the winning trifecta: Wine, cheese and Muppet Treasure Island. When asked who said "I love you" first, the couple admit that the answer is unclear. What was clear was they didn't necessarily need to. The two clicked so hard, says Cole, "it was just understood."More »