Second City: Who Do We Think We Are? | Second City | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Second City: Who Do We Think We Are? Brief Run (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 11 2013

The members of Second City's latest main-stage sextet clearly enjoy improvising. Their new show, Who Do We Think We Are?, offers them lots of time to riff, both with one another and with the audience. Even ostensibly set sketches have an open-ended quality; several consist of little more conceptually than a location (a Bridgeport bar, say) or a premise (a Luvabulls reunion). Sounds dangerous and exciting, sure—but it can just as easily be dangerous in the sense that it encourages some players to fall back on pat responses or get lost. Mary Sohn, for instance, has a standard character—picture a cross between a drill sergeant and a loud auntie—that she does and does and does here. And for all his talent, Edgar Blackmon seems to skim along this time around, never quite making a memorable connection. It doesn't help that his de rigueur Obama bit expresses nothing so much as a failure of imagination. The only ensemble members who really thrive under these circumstances are Katie Rich, with her ability to maintain a cool center as a counterpoint to the ambient hysteria, and Tim Baltz, a great physical comedian possessed of a sweet combination: solid instincts and fearlessness. —Tony Adler

Price: $22-$27

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