The Musical Armando | iO Theater, The Mission Theater | Improv/Sketch, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Open run: Fri 8 PM

This fully improvised musical follows the structure of long-running long-form showcase the Armando Diaz Experience. As in the nonmusical version, the performance changes every night and depends entirely on the skill, experience, and playfulness of the ensemble. But the night I saw it, the show was packed with strong performers who for 90 minutes did everything improvisers are supposed to do—played well together, built on each other's ideas, kept the energy up, and avoided egotism and stupidity—and the result was utterly delightful. It didn’t hurt that the program featured guest monologist Dave Gaudet of ComedySportz, who entertained with three short, witty, artfully told autobiographical pieces. —Jack Helbig

Price: $14

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