185 Buddhas Walk Into a Bar | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

185 Buddhas Walk Into a Bar

When: Thursdays, Fridays. Continues through March 28 2013

Amanda Rountree chronicles her two-decade love affair with improvisation in this feel-good, 50-minute solo piece. From humble beginnings working as a teenage mannequin in a Louisville sporting goods store (while muttering "I'm a professional actress" under her breath) to her current plum gig teaching at the Second City Training Center, Rountree yearns to achieve the zenlike state of staying in the moment. She's a riot when reliving past humiliations, such as having to perform for bar patrons who were expecting improvisational jazz. But in those (ostensibly in-the-moment) passages when she addresses the audience directly, her overweening efforts to be funny and likable leave little room for actual candor. Rountree never manages to overcome the show's inherent solipsism. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12-$15

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