Tonight and tomorrow at The Barns is New York's legendary sketch comedy troupe Chicago City Limits. Please enjoy the following notes from Artistic Director Paul Zuckerman. Don't forget to get your tickets for one or both nights, February 21, 2013 and February 22, 2013 at 8 pm.
Imagine walking out onto a blank stage. There is no script, no set, and there are no preconceived ideas. Suddenly the stage lights flash and the show begins.
Some call this the actor’s nightmare; we call it improvisational theatre.
Improv actors take their inspiration from suggestions called out by the audience and create a kaleidoscope of comedic scenes, one-liners, improvised music, and who-knows-what-else right on the spot. It is comedy without a net, spontaneous and interactive, where both actor and audience share in the conspiracy.
An improvised show is created by the collective lunatic unconscious of both actors and audience. We've done our part—we haven’t prepared a thing— and now it’s time to do yours: sit back, relax, and call out whatever’s on your mind. A word...a phrase...an idea…we won’t know what until it happens.
Audience, start your engines.
Paul Zuckerman Artistic Director Chicago City Limits