Rebound | Donny's Skybox Studio | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Rebound Member Picks New Review (Theater and Comedy)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 4 2014

The premise of this show—ad-lib a serious drama using the same theater games that underpin improvised comedy—is intriguing but also very hard to pull off. Most improvisers are drawn to comic roles and situations, and most audiences for improv come to laugh. So when Second City-trained artists like those in Rebound attempt to make serious theater, the results are oddly unsettling. Though the members clearly know how to create interesting characters, they haven't yet figured out how to use them to tell a compelling story. On the night I attended, performers tended either to float around in a miasma of eccentricity and quiet desperation or bitch and bicker like bees in a beer bottle. Drama is more than the absence of laughs. —Jack Helbig

Price: $8-$13

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