Studs Terkel's Not Working Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 13 2010

Several scenes in this new Second City E.T.C. revue fail to meet SC's high standards for sketch comedy--some never end, some never build, and the writing isn't notably keen. But a few actually raise the bar. One hilarious improvised segment rewrites the book on clever crowd work: an onstage narrator relates the action as an audience member becomes a private dick in a film-noir adventure. Another otherwise lackluster bit is downright shocking, at least as far as Chicago's improv/sketch community is concerned, in its treatment of homosexuality as normal: men kissing isn't the joke. A third, involving white couples adopting black babies, pushes the race envelope. And a scene set at an audition where the script seems to predict the reader's future is an instant classic, perfectly shaped and executed. --Ryan Hubbard

Price: $20-$25

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