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FaceOff Unlimited

When: Thursdays, Fridays. Continues through Aug. 26 2016
Price: $25.50, VIP $40.50
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Apparently no one informed Face Off Unlimited—the New York improv troupe now franchising its East Village hit based on humiliation-prone Japanese game shows—that Chicago is America’s improv capital. Otherwise host Brian Walters mightn’t have felt the need opening night to teach us how to shout suggestions for scenes. But then, this amped-up, stereotype-saturated frat party, low on cleverness but high on brothusiasm (I lost count of the times we were pressed to “give it up” for someone or something), is better suited to Jackass enthusiasts than Second City regulars. For 90 overamplified minutes four performers and the occasional audience member play improv games, the losers getting “batsued” (shot with a paint ball, thwapped with a large rubber band, etc). After enough sake (one carafe is included with VIP tickets), it’s probably fun. —Justin Hayford

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