ImprovOpoly | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Sam Kyker

When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 17 2016
Price: $15
Comedians often point out one of the trickiest ironies of their unconventional career paths: the hardest rooms they'll ever play, the ones that require the thickest skin and most experience, are the ones faced earliest in their careers. With that in mind, God bless the gumption of this Under the Gun ensemble, which played an experimental premise at opening—house lights up—to a room of five or six folks. In front of a large game board, cast members interact with audience members to play out a game of Monopoly, then improvise scenes inspired by their landing spots. Does the format work? Dear lord, no, it's a catastrophe, but the ensemble seem to be aware of it and ride it out with goodwill. It's safe to assume the structure will be tweaked in the coming performances. —Dan Jakes

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