Carl and the Passions | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays. Continues through July 20 2017

Even only a few weeks after the grand opening of iO's new location in August of 2015, the performers already made themselves at home. The hosts of the handful of shows I saw introduced the new venue with great joy, giving directions to the two bars, bathrooms, and emergency exits near each of the four theaters. Those four theaters double iO's capacity for shows including original sketch comedy like Trap, T.J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi's inaugural work in their own theater; experiments like The Boise Shuffle, in which a new show is written and performed every week; and twists on iO's classic improv games like The Sharold, which groups comics at random to improvise with people they may never have performed with before. These innovative performances are certainly worth checking out, but the theater knows what it does best, and most of the stage time is still dedicated to good old-fashioned long-form improv. Continue reading >>

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