Winter Stories | Under the Gun Theater | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

Winter Stories The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 17 2016

Under the Gun has long had a knack for crafty conceptual comedy: making up TED Talks from slides performers have never seen, improvising scenes based on random excerpts from D-list celebrity autobiographies, reading soft-core porn scripts cold. This time around the concept feels standard-issue. An invited "monologist" tells a holiday-related story (on the night I attended, it was about a seven-year-old non-Jewish girl's quest to authentically celebrate Hanukkah), and then a group of improvisers invent an hour's worth of scenes tangentially related to the story. I suppose I should be disappointed, but as usual the UTG ensemble delivers inventive, well-outside-the-box work that more than compensates. I could have spent the entire hour watching the scene about the pusher selling dreidels to desperate Hanukkah junkies. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12


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