BlackOut Presents: White People | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

BlackOut Presents: White People Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through June 4 2011

Most improv groups don't take enough risks. The five members of BlackOut often take too many, challenging each other and tinkering with setups until bits are either stuck in the mud or an uproarious mess. At the show I saw, a hint of wrestling turned into full-out body-slamming. The chances of success are good, though, because these guys have a commitment to the moment and an impressive range of pop-culture references that leads to material both literate and lowbrow. Their flirtation with race--all are black--further adds to the surprises. A scene of God lecturing Jesus became a lot funnier when it turned into a movie starring Bill Cosby, with Will Smith as the jazz-playing messiah. --Ryan Hubbard

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