Matt Damon Improv | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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When: Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017
Price: $8
A troupe as well as a title, Matt Damon Improv comprises self-described women of color who perform their weekly sets with a guest white person, called a "Matt Damon" if male and a "Lena Dunham" if female. The price of participation for the Damon/Dunhams is that they may only repeat what the regular cast members have already said, which supposedly forces them to "really listen." The conceit looks gimmicky on paper—a case of shtick masquerading as liberation. But thanks to the formidable chops of some MDIers (particularly Yazmin Ramos, Allison Reese, and Angela Oliver) and the generous rapport of the whole, improvisations quickly bypass political symbolism for truthful play—full of wit, humor, humanity, and a strong sense of the absurd. The 60-minute show also features solo comics such as Adrienne Brown, who rather decorously kicked ass the night I attended. —Tony Adler



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