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

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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 26 2015

In a city awash in improv and sketch comedy, it's heartening to find there are still performers out there eager and able to produce new variations within these well-worn genres. Not all of the pieces in this revue directed by improv virtuosos TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi are laugh-out-loud funny—though most are—but even when bits miss their mark it's because the actors are trying something difficult or new—an eccentric character, a divergent point of view. The title refers to what sets this show apart most: the performers are undressed metaphorically, displaying a vulnerability that's too rarely seen in contemporary comedy, where feelings are more often cloaked or beside the point entirely. The result is a show that not only entertains and edifies, but leaves the audience feeling lighter and less burdened. —Jack Helbig

Price: $20, $12 students

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