Not Suitable for Textbooks | Under the Gun Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 5 2015

By Chicago improv standards, Under the Gun’s 27-show schedule is no big deal (Annoyance and iO top that handily, but then, they’ve got multiple stages). What’s beginning to set this relatively new company apart is its crafty populism. These comics have a knack for identifying common yet resonant cultural experiences—family reunions, horror movies, drinking games, porn—ripe for improvisation. With their new hour-long show, directed by Mishu Himley, they take on something we all have in common: human history. The rotating five-person cast solicit rapid-fire suggestions—a stupid president, a cool invention, a year—and improvise historical moments that surely didn’t happen. Even with the occasional flub (hello, the American Revolution didn't happen in the 1800s) it’s a swift, engaged, ridiculous affair. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12

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