Smut! The Improvised Romantic Book Club | Under the Gun Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Smut! The Improvised Romantic Book Club 

When: Sundays. Continues through Jan. 24 2016
Price: $12
Cheap paperback romance novels serve as inspiration in this fitfully funny comedy show. First, a cast member delivers a discursive multimedia book report on that week’s selection; then the other players improvise scenes based on what they’ve heard. At the show I saw, the book report was by far the more engaging portion. Adam Schwartz’s playful takedown of an erotic thriller called Falling Hard: Bad Boys Undercover highlighted author HelenKay Dimon’s execrable prose (the hero’s love interest is described, unforgettably, as “a brunette of the shockingly hot variety”) and went off on entertaining tangents having to do with the innate sexiness of spies and a grade-school production of Godspell. The improv, on the other hand, quickly devolved to inside jokes and adolescent sniggering at sex. —Zac Thompson

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