Ted and Melanie | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Ted and Melanie Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended

When: Thursdays. Continues through Sept. 10 2009

Paul Brittain and Jet Eveleth are fine improvisers who patiently find and expose the tension between characters, making them desperate, vulnerable, and hilarious to observe. Romantic and sexual intrigue grounded many of the bits at the show I saw, but invariably Brittain and Eveleth incorporated twists (a melodramatic scene became a theater audition) and psychological nuances (a teacher's confidence masked anxiety over her complicated relationship with a male student) that challenged expectations. You really have to hang on to every word--but that's easy to do with Eveleth, whose shape-shifting face is rich with emotion and humor. My only complaint--a small one when individual scenes are this engaging--is that story lines didn't evolve or get resolved over the long haul. --Ryan Hubbard

Price: $5

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