RejecTED Talks | Under the Gun Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

RejecTED Talks Recommended New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Fridays. Continues through Dec. 30 2016

Add another to the list of Under the Gun’s simple, ingenious improv experiments. Five authoritative “presenters” must deliver TED Talks using PowerPoint slides they’ve never seen. On opening night, the hapless would-be experts found themselves hashing through slide decks—replete with nonsensical charts and graphs—with titles like “Entry Into Intrigue,” “Love at First Swipe,” and my personal favorite, “Closing the Loop: A Map for the Unmappable.” The boldest of the bunch began their talks in earnest before turning to their first slide. Thus guileless Alex LeBaron (who also directs) had to turn his introductory remarks about running a bad Renaissance Faire into a talk called “Lessons Learned During My Year of Getting Punched in the Face 1,000 Times.” And goddamn it, he did. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12


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