My Mans Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays. Continues through July 23 2012

Mark Raterman and Tim Robinson may be the slipperiest improv team in Chicago. Or anywhere. Like a lot of their peers, they travel by circuitous routes through semi-planned scenes, often letting sudden impulses or fuckups send them God knows where. (Half the fun is watching them try to get back on track.) But every time the rules of their game seem clear, they push the show off a cliff. On opening night, the basic concept seemed to be that Raterman was required to play any character Robinson needed—until Robinson started keeping that from happening by physically restraining Raterman. Which repeatedly threatened to stop the show cold. Under Andy Miara's drum-tight direction, the disarmingly candid pair perform with thrilling, uncanny synchronism. —Justin Hayford

Price: $5

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