A Storm of Limbs | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Loren England

A Storm of Limbs 

When: Mondays. Continues through June 27 2016
Price: $12
Sketch comedy at its highest level can go toe to toe with any well-made play in terms of truth and honesty. Laughs are born, in part, when an audience can relate to a character or experience. But unless you live in the improv bubble or are a member of the Piebenga family, you’re going to struggle to relate to this misguided sketch revue from Piebenga Plumbing. Both Piebenga brothers, Mark and Scott, are guilty of overacting to try to compensate for their underdeveloped script, and the opening act, a ukulele-wielding, Merle Haggard-singing musical guest, set the tone for a gimmicky, disjointed, all-around sloppy affair. Instead of building the necessary tension, the brothers are content to simply tease with darker references. Try again. —A.J. Sørensen



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