The great thing about Mike Birbiglia’s tale of six comics is that although set in New York City, it manages to be about the people and not the place. The city certainly has its part, contributing the crushing poverty, the insane stress and the daily humiliation that makes up the young performer’s life. But “Don’t Think Twice” is so perfectly focused on the people, their successes, failures and illusions, that the viewer cannot help but take it to heart.
Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk with Me”) plays Miles, the senior member and mentor of a six person improv comedy group. The goal of everyone in the group is to give and receive support while trying to work oneself out of a job. Improv is a sort of a purgatory boot camp that comics go through until they pull the brass ring or hit the bottom of despair. (CONTINUED)