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When: Saturdays. Continues through July 20 2017

Longtime Chicago improviser Dina Facklis's new training program Chicago Improv Den is a tricky souffle either on the verge of rising or deflating. Facklis, an ImprovOlympic alum, started the Den last March, partly to create a troupe with an especially sharp focus on ensemble and emotional exploration and partly because, unlike iO and Second City, where students have to wait in order to perform, she sees training and performance as going hand in hand. This didn't work so well at Saturday's late-night show, where new house ensemble Bronze Medal (Facklis's first class to "graduate" from the Den) frequently fumbled over one another and struggled with pacing. But with Fackbuddies, her new show with a different improv vet as guest each week, Facklis once again delivers delicious comedic joy—this time on her own terms. —Chloe Riley

Price: $8

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