Flanagan's Wake Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 29 2017

The Improv Institute’s original 1994 production of Jack Bronis’s interactive, mostly improvised Irish wake ran for more than a decade. Now Chicago Theater Works disinters these stereotype-laden, intermittently amusing 90 or so minutes, and even brings back Bronis to direct. The results are decidedly musty (think drunk Irishmen jokes), and the challenging acoustics and overlapping, brogue-heavy dialogue make comprehension a regular chore. But the seven improvisers graciously accommodate some delightfully dopey audience participation, giving the evening a refreshingly communal feel. On the night I attended, they even managed to turn one audience member’s perfectly inept rendition of “Danny Boy” into the show’s emotional highlight. —Justin Hayford

Price: $29-$34

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