The Reception | Public House Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

The Reception New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 22 2013

In the sixth episode of an ongoing series, comedy troupe Long Pause continues to mix live sketches with prerecorded material, later posting it all online at A "best of" review opens the show—and provides most of the evening's humor with some witty commercials for a banned-books-themed X-rated hotline (who knew A Brave New World could sound so naughty?) and a spammy social networking site, along with a couple throwaway airplane-related bits. "The Reception" follows, doing less for laughs but creating compelling, vulnerable moments through character development and interplay. As dating cousins, Erin Johnson and Joel Wiersema stood out, providing an overblown example of how relationships can feel perfect until you take them public. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10

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