This week's Culture Vultures recommend: | Culture Vultures | Chicago Reader

This week's Culture Vultures recommend: 

iO Theater, Aripo's sandwiches, and the Harlotry and Necromancy Appreciation Society

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

click to enlarge Armando Diaz Experiment at iO Theater
  • Armando Diaz Experiment at iO Theater

Alan Goldsher, author of the new George R.R. Martin parody, Game of Groans, cracks up for:

iO Theater Now I loves me some Second City, but these days, if you want all improvisation, all the time—sans scripted sketches—hit the iO Theater (3541 N. Clark). Best to go for either the Monday-night Armando Diaz Experience gigs—the cream of the iO crop, joined by a guest monologuist—or on the Wednesday nights when TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi simply destroy the stage.

One of the myriad cool things about a TJ and Dave show is that you never know who'll show up to improvise. Tracy Letts of August: Osage County fame has been known to drop by, and the last time I checked them out, they were joined by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. (After seeing Take Shelter and Reservation Road, I never would've guessed that Shannon could be funny. But he was, he was.) Both of those shows are always sold out like a muggah-fuggah, so either buy tickets in advance, get there early, or both. And wear rubber pants, because at some point, you will pee.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Asher Klein

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
July 31
Performing Arts
March 21

Popular Stories