The Improv Play Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: April 12-May 20 2012

Few of the eager young hopefuls who take improv and sketch-comedy classes at the Second City and iO will be able to make a living as performers, let alone wind up on SNL. That hard truth lies at the core of Randall Colburn's latest, a backstage dramedy, directed by Mitch Golob for InFusion Theatre Company, about a bunch of Chicago improvisers—such a large bunch, in fact, that it's hard to keep their stories straight. Colburn doesn't gloat or mope over their thwarted ambitions. Instead, he paints a funny, poignant group portrait of people beginning to realize that their dreams won't come true. There's also a slew of fun Chicago theater references—Del Close to Gorilla Tango—and a hugely appealing, 14-member ensemble cast. —Zac Thompson

Price: $12.50-$25

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