Improvised Jane Austen | McKaw Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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David Audino

When: Fridays. Continues through June 30 2017
Price: $10
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Every week a seasoned all-female comedy team uses audience suggestions to create a title for a show inspired by Austen’s classic works; what follows is a completely improvised hour-long production. A recent week’s title, Laughter and Lamb, resulted in countless laughs and many wandering lambs. Each cast member brought something memorable: Kate Parker’s effortless one-liners, Ana Silva’s endearing authenticity, and Stephanie Jones’s show-stealing performance as the Vicar, a lamb-herding, growly old man with a bizarre and boisterous laugh. The performance succeeds for many of the reasons Austen’s stories do. The English novelist used sarcasm and irony to find humor in her society; the current troupe takes advantage of this approach, finding comedy in 19th-century English cliches and Austen’s plot devices. What results is a whimsical homage to the illustrious author. —Emily Wasielewski

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