Told | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Told Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Open run: Fri 8:30 PM

Before you accuse iO of shameless audience grabbing by including special guest Rick Bayless in this weekly improv experiment, consider Told’s modus operandi: invite people with interesting experiences (so far a wigged-out psychic’s client, a cannabis dispensary employee, and a failed SNL auditioner, among others) to tell a team of improvisers a personal story, which becomes fodder for scenes invented on the spot. It’s not a novel approach (Under the Gun did a nearly identical show recently), but it’s an astute way to circumvent the improv world’s occasional penchant for navel-gazing. And Bayless exuded improbable charm recounting a condescending tale of surviving Taco Bell. Given the level of craft, ingenuity, and chutzpah in the rotating ensemble, the show’s likely to soar no matter who’s on the special guest list. —Justin Hayford

Price: $16

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