House Party | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

House Party Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Dec. 18 2015

There's a sweet spot in sketch comedy that six member-ensemble Damn, Gina! thrives on: jokes and premises that are just absurd and fantastical enough to have been conceived by a child, but just cynical and despairing enough that one never wants one within hearing range. Writer-director Andrew McCammon plays to his cast's strengths in scenes about a politician unable to escape impromptu parties, a middle-aged Breakfast Club, NSA surveillance, and perhaps a little bravely, one about a trucker and his family that's unabashedly sincere. Given how many bits are dependent on sound cues, though, it would be better if iO could refine an audio system that too often blows out the jokes it's supposed to button. —Dan Jakes

Price: $14

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