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  • McBrayer, Adsit: Full roster for iO Theater re-opening announced

     McBrayer, Adsit: Full roster for iO Theater re-opening announced
    The new iO Chicago Theater in the Clybourn Corridor has announced its full roster for its grand opening weekend Aug. 29 and 30, and it’ll bring back a celebrity-filled lineup of Chicago improv alumni. As reported earlier in the Tribune, performers...
  • Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines

    Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines
    Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo make a living poking fun at our deepest insecurities — and the magazines that feed them. Newell and Pappalardo are the founding editors of Reductress, the year-old fake women's news magazine. Their site has been...
  • Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers. Del...
  • 'Homestretch' looks in on lost teens of Chicago's streets

    'Homestretch' looks in on lost teens of Chicago's streets
    "Loneliness is one of my worst enemies." That deeply unsettling admission comes from a teenager in the new documentary "The Homestretch." Roque (pronounced Rocky) is solidly built but quiet, with soft features that can't fully mask the anxieties...
  • The surprising places improv comedy's 'Yes, and...' can lead

    The surprising places improv comedy's 'Yes, and...' can lead
    I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic....
  • Chicago improv team gets TV Land's attention

    The veteran iO Chicago improv team The Katydids have landed a sitcom pilot order from TV Land, based the group’s web series “Teachers.” Rooted in cringe comedy, the series features six elementary school teachers who “don’t...
  • Chicago's Cecily Strong gets 'SNL' desk job

    Chicago's Cecily Strong gets 'SNL' desk job
    NBC has confirmed some personnel changes at "Saturday Night Live" ahead of its 39th season premiere on Sept. 28. Chicago performer Cecily Strong will co-anchor "Weekend Update" alongside Seth Meyers — a move that leaves her poised to take over the...
  • Atmosphere is all you get in 'Homecoming'

    Atmosphere is all you get in 'Homecoming'
    "Conversations on a Homecoming" The Irish pub where Tom Murphy's drama takes place is located somewhere in Galway. The year is 1970-something, and the place is cozy but shabby. So are the lives of its denizens, men who quietly and then not-so-quietly...
  • Autumn theater sneak peek: 50 shows for the next few months

    Autumn theater sneak peek: 50 shows for the next few months
    As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on the...
  • A face you won't forget, in movies big and small

     A face you won't forget, in movies big and small
    Very little casting is done in Chicago when big studio movies shoot here. Not significant roles, where the camera lingers on a person for more than a moment. It's a strange phenomenon considering the deep bench of acting talent in town, but every so often...
  • 'SNL' names new cast; Cecily Strong to co-host 'Weekend Update'

    'SNL' names new cast; Cecily Strong to co-host 'Weekend Update'
    NBC has confirmed some personnel changes at "Saturday Night Live" ahead of its 39th season premiere on Sept. 28. Chicago performer Cecily Strong will co-anchor "Weekend Update" alongside Seth Meyers — a move that leaves her poised to take over the...