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Our Feature Presentation

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Veteran iO director Jason R. Chin impressively reimagines the movie-improv form, even recapitulating the cinema experience: before the show a performer displays film trivia on posters and popcorn is handed out. Then, with a title suggestion, Chin and the cast--who've been together since fall 2006--rev up their well-oiled comedy-making machine. Chin handles the lights and cleverly scores scenes with actual movie soundtracks and pop classics. Onstage actors imaginatively parody genre conventions for characters and plots as offstage actors yell camera directions like "crosscut to see what she sees" and "overhead shot" (characters are lifted and pointed at the crowd). Better than a Netflix rental, Our Feature Presentation is one of the most engrossing, entertaining improv acts in town. --Ryan Hubbard a Open run: Tue 8 PM, iO, 3541 N. Clark, 773-880-0199, $12.

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