Show & Tell | iO Theater, The Mission Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Show & Tell

When: Open run: Tue 8:30 PM

Second City, iO, Annoyance—Chicago's improv institutions are schools as well as theaters. But so far as I know, nobody has combined the two functions in a single entertainment until now. This series allows improvisers to, as the tagline goes, show you what they do and tell you how they do it. My experience will probably differ from yours. For one thing, the ensemble I saw comprised performers from various teams, so they weren't necessarily used to playing with one another; future installments will feature established teams. And the audience I sat with included lots of improv students, whose questions skewed the conversation toward technicalese; that may change as more civilians take part. What will likely remain the same is a format where players perform scenes, from duets to long-form Harolds, following each with a Q and A. If you're as lucky as I was, you'll see energetic, creative bits and learn something too. —Tony Adler

Price: $12

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