If you ask Lee Lewis about Moral Fixation, he'll tell you it's only a drop in the bucket compared to the deep pool of comedy that locals can slurp from all year long, but he knows this show can run with the comedy big dogs that come to town this time of year.
Moral Fixation revolves around three guys pondering thoughts about real people struggling and coping with unforeseeable circumstances. Sometimes the show is serious and even weird, but it's always funny, though Lewis is quick to add that this show is more than a comedy act based around game-playing or funny scenes. Moral Fixation feels more like a work of theater than quick improvisation, which makes sense because he and fellow Theatre 99ers Caleb Usry and Greg Tavares have stage-left, stage-right experiences.
In this improv show, the three come out on stage and ask an audience member to yell out a single word that means something to him or her. The word has ranged from patriotism to oysters, religion, and He-Man. One by one these guys recite a monologue about what that word means to them or tell a story that the concept triggers in their brains. They don't re-enact the stories they share. Instead they thread bits and pieces of humor pulled from each other's original storylines to create a short play that comes full circle.
Neither they nor the audience knows how these recipes will turn out, but these guys have been working together for two years now, perfecting the concept and the interplay. Taking thoughts and churning out a story that seems to tell itself has only gotten easier over time for these men, and Lewis says there's never a wrong ending when the realness of relationships unfolds.
Moral Fixation • Piccolo Spoleto's Piccolo Fringe • $12 • (1 hour) • May 31, June 7 at 8 p.m. • American Theater, 446 King St. • 554-6060