The Seven Sisters Comedy Variety Hour | Judy's Beat Lounge, Second City Training Center | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Jeremy Hill

The Seven Sisters Comedy Variety Hour 

When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 24 2017
Price: $13, $11 for students, $7 for Second City students
The eponymous seven sisters perform in front, run through the audience, and construct a set of vertical rectangular boxes, to be turned and aligned for location changes. All the room's a stage, and these women utilize every element of the theater to play into audiences' mild attention deficit disorder and lack of neck flexibility—there's even some playful tap dancing. The performers' adroit use of space directly transfers to a series of sketches utilizing words, sounds, movement, and pace to tell stories both goofy and rousing. A woman falling frantically head over heels for each of her Bumble dates is tempered by her scene partner's calming logic—until the piano player confesses his love for the Bumbler, cranking things back up. A bit about a mother worried her daughter is out too late twists its characters so mom's a mime and girl's a clown, the pace slowing or accelerating depending on who's "talking." The crowning scene, when all seven gather onstage, raising the battle cry "I am an Amazon queen, a warrior goddess," packs a final wallop into this multifaceted view of sisterhood. —Steve Heisler



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