Almost Atlanta | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Almost Atlanta Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 18 2011

Ray Bradbury said, "Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down." Almost Atlanta takes that kind of leap across theatrical disciplines. Veteran improvisers get something going in the first act, based on an audience suggestion. Then company member TJ Jagodowski consults with a guest playwright, whose feedback is used to craft the second act. What transpires is fearless, engaging storytelling. At the show I attended, playwright Lisa Scott helped create a piece about a writer husband and former Vogue editor wife having second thoughts about leaving Manhattan for a new life in the country. It had humor, tension, sadness, and characters with greater depth than you usually see in improv. Why this kind of collaboration doesn't happen more often is anybody's guess—but when you combine the improviser's sense of creative play with the playwright's narrative skill, the result can be awe-inspiring. —Brian Costello

Price: $10

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