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When: Thursdays. Continues through Jan. 29 2015

Quiet naturalism is extremely rare in improv, where pauses tend to generate panic and zany oddballs are a dime a dozen. That's what makes this two-person show performed by Lindsey Smith and Farrell Walsh feel so refreshing. On the night I attended, an audience suggestion of "flight" prompted a sweet, subtle, and surprisingly poignant tale about a pair of newlyweds spending the holidays with the wife's alcoholic mother. The characterizations were credible, the performances understated yet assured, and the back-and-forth was blessedly free of sweat and strain. I only regretted the 45-minute running time—I could've stayed with these two a lot longer. The evening begins with a more conventional improv set from Chemically Imbalanced Comedy’s house team, Clockwise. —Zac Thompson

Price: $5

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