Props to KC Redheart and The Playgrounds “Out of Character” for their respective mentions!
Of the many indie improv shows I caught this year, my favorite was the spirited debut performance of a new form called Process by Playground member team K.C. Redheart. Process lampooned community theater by taking an audience suggestion and turning it into three separate long-form scenes including the table read of a new play, its dress rehearsal and the final scene of opening night. By poking gentle fun at the self-important egomaniacs who populate that world, they killed hard. Also off to a great start is Out of Character, another Playground form in which improvisers spin a single narrative around an initial solo sketch scene.
The Tomkat Project has been extended for a run at the Playground Theatre in Lakeview. I definitely recommend seeing it because it’s getting a lot of recognition. Plus I’ll be seeing it again. It’s that good.
The Playground Theater has a show called #TweetLife where each week they select one follower of @the_playground to be the source of their improv show where improvisers create live theater based on their tweets.
Well this week they picked yours truly!
I’m excited. Nothing better than laughing at yourself while others make fun of you.
SO, COME JOIN ME!
Tickets are just $10 (or $5 w/ a valid student ID) and their theater is always BYOB.
p.s. You can also follow along on their Tweet Life blog for more information on upcoming guests and their tweet lives!
Want to be a potential source for art, improv and live theater? It’s easy. Simply follow @the_playground and send a message saying: “I want in on the #TweetLife.“
New feature for the blog! We post about a group we’re pumped about!
Boyish - Chicago, IL
Thursday 8:30pm Wolfs Den
Jorin Garguilo, Kyle Bethea, Dan White, Damian Anaya, Matt Barats, Mike Hall, Michael Johnson, Prescott Gadd, John Anderson, Louie Saunders
Boyish is a giddy group of sloppy boys who do an improv show together. Their shows are often frantic and joyful with a pinch of deviance. It’s always something. Catch them Weds nights 10pm @ The Playground theater!
Saturday late nights in December just got a lot hotter with some of the best looking Improv teams in Chicago playing together in a ménage à trois of comedy. 10:30pm at The Upstairs Gallery will make you brace for the cold and get in some laughs before the New Year!
This is for a great cause and features a ton of great people. I will be there for a lot of it to support and enjoy the amazing caravan of talent. On Saturday, I will have the pleasure of joining that caravan alongside Baby Mouth at 3 p.m. and Phat Beethoven at 6 p.m. If you have some free time between 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 p.m. on Saturday, come hang out.
On Thursday, December 22nd we shot a promo for my friend’s new theater company. This was taken in the Playground Theater, in Chicago. That is Tim Stafford a performer for the Encyclopedia Show. He’s a funny dude, and was very helpful in shooting this thing.
Late night Andersonville is Friday (TOMORROW 11/30!!) Check out the Link for more info.
It just so happens to coincide with our monthly improv show Sick Adventure (8:30 show start)! Come out and check out what is sure to be hopping late night scene in Aville before heading down to the Playground theater (3209 North Halsted Street)for the Playground Marathon!