**** Recommended **** The Second City continues to do what they do best, making people laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, with their 108th Mainstage Revue, “Do You Believe in Madness?” The Second City formula – a revue filled with snarky commentary on the news of the day, silly sketches, music, improv, audience participation, even a little slapstick comedy – has been very successful over the years. In honor of a milestone birthday – The Second City turns sixty (60) on December 16th – they’ve put together the funniest revue I’ve seen in several years! 4 Spotlights
“Do You Believe in Madness?” begins and ends with a series of quick one-liners and blackouts – think “Laugh In” – while the middle is filled with a fast moving barrage of jokes, running skits, improv and silly songs.
This year’s multi-talented cast – Mary Catherine Curran, Sarah Dell’Amico, Andrew Knox, Asia Martin, Jordan Savusa and Adam Schreck – kept me laughing throughout the show.
• There’s a bird in the house
• There’s a human in the house
• The Brexit game show
• The ukulele class which features a 60-year old lady trying to seduce the instructor with her fingering style, a lei-wearing geek who found himself in Hawaii and continually corrects the Hawaiian instructor’s pronunciation of ukulele
• The class test/charades – a cast member asks for the name of a movie, a song, etc. A student asks another for the answer to #13, then has to guess the answers they act out.
• Two guys at a bus stop – one just wants to be noticed
The Second City’s 108th Mainstage Revue, “Do You Believe in Madness” is in an open run at The Second City Mainstage Theater, 1616 N. Wells Street, Chicago. ‘Bar-food’ and drinks are available throughout the performance. By the way, your program is also your menu! Parking in the adjacent garage is readily available but pricey.
Running time is just under two hours, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 11:00 pm; and Sunday at 7:00 pm. Tickets start at $31. FYI (312) 337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.
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