Based on a True Story | Under the Gun Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Based on a True Story

When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 26 2015

Here we have yet another variation on a familiar theme: the fully improvised show. In this version a guest celebrity is interviewed live, after which the ensemble creates a series of improvisations inspired—directly or indirectly—by whatever the celeb has brought up. Because both the guest and the cast (culled from a group of more than 40 performers) change weekly, it's nearly impossible to predict what any given show will be like. But the night I saw it, the interview portion was so fascinating and the guest—SNL alum Nora Dunn—so gracefully witty, it was hard not to see the funny but not extraordinary improvisations as commercial breaks in a high-quality talk show. Upcoming guests include Paul Meincke (11/28), Julia Sweeney (12/5), and D.B. Sweeney (12/19). —Jack Helbig

Price: $15


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