Playground Theater THEMS + ButchMAX 7pm; $15 Reset List + Electric Lunchbox 9pm; $15 Eux Compagnie d’Improvisation + Chaos Theory 10:30pm; $10
Friday 29 Apollo Theater * Baby Wants Candy 10:30pm; $15 This group improvises a two-act musical with giddy, goofy abandon.
Athenaeum Theatre Dead Parrots Society + Counter-Productive Lover 7pm; $15 Improv-Abilities + The Cascade 7pm; $15 Karate Van + The Movement 8:30pm; $15 Wonderbat + USS Rock N Roll 8:30pm; $15 * Jake + Chet Watkins 10pm; $10 Loose and limber NYC troupe Chet Watkins goes for the gusto with fearless, fast-paced scenework. SidViscous! + 2-Man No-Show 10pm; $10
Playground Theater Revils: Improv…FROM THE FUTURE + The HITMEN 7pm; $15 * Kowardly Lion + Boom Chicago Alumni 9pm; $15 It’s fun to see short-form at the fest, and Boom Chicago employs it with zesty aplomb. Hip.Bang! + Keep Your Socks On 10:30pm; $10
Athenaeum Theatre Captain Donkeyface and Mr. Ponytail + Computer 7pm; $15 Mayor Karen + Firth&Arjet 7pm; $15 BillyHawk + Pimprov 8:30pm; $15 * Matt& + Die Gorillas 8:30pm; $15 Philly’s Matt Holmes has a playful and winning form on his hands as he performs each week with an unwitting audience member. Rapid Fire Theatre + The Late 90s 10pm; $10 * Sand + Skinesthesia: Body Painting Improv 10pm; $10 Chicago’s Sand uses the documentary-film format to create long-form that speaks directly to the audience while Baltimore’s Skinesthesia creates “puppets” by painting lips and eyes onto the bodies of its performers (no kidding).
Chemically Imbalanced Theater * The Katydids + Face Off Unlimited 10:30pm; $10 New York’s Face Off mixes live music, improvised poetry, audience interaction and short-form.
de Maat Theatre * Improvisation & Co. + Hello Laser 7:30pm; $15 New York’s Hello Laser is akin to our own Cook County Social Club: intelligent, energetic and awesome. The Stuntmen + Now? with Annie & Levin 9:30pm; $15 * The Amie and Kristen Show + 3033 11:30pm; $10 The improvising pros who make up 3033 (Bill Arnett, Alex Fendrich, Rush Howell, Danny Mora and Andy St. Clair) are simply hilarious.