Perfume, Whiskey and Sickness of the Soul | CIC Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Perfume, Whiskey and Sickness of the Soul Member Picks

When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 9 2013

In this two-part evening of improvisation, a guest team warms us up with some long-form work, then the Chemically Imbalanced Comedy ensemble comes on and creates a Tennessee Williams-style play from scratch. On the night I attended, the warm-up outshined the main event. The first troupe, Mad Contender, wasn't perfect—the members had some agreement issues early on—but by the end of their set they were sailing along, earning big laughs. The Williams parody went less well, in large part because the cast failed to evoke the spirit of the great man's plays. Nor did most of them understand how to create a Williamsian character. One actress did a fine job of imitating Blanche DuBois's insane, past-obsessed chatter, but her efforts were lost in the rising tide of mendacity. You need more than a southern accent to do Williams well. —Jack Helbig

Price: $2-$10

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