Following this season’s smash production of Elton John’s Aida, Bailiwick Chicago presents the Midwest premiere of Passing Strange, the hit Broadway rock musical. Featuring the indie-soul stylings of local Chicago band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Passing Strange takes audiences on a musical journey from middle-class America to Amsterdam and Berlin, with a score of original songs and heretofore untugged heartstrings. The Tony Award-winning musical charts a coming-of-age story of a young black man who leaves Los Angeles and his churchgoing family for a music-fueled mission of self discovery and caterpillar-like identity transformations. Part rock concert and part musical theater event, Passing Strange kicks off Friday and Saturday night showings with warm-up performances by local Chicago bands. Enjoy sizzling center-section seats to Bailiwick’s latest theatrical gem, and be sure to bring an ample supply of roses and rolodexes to toss onstage postperformance.
Chemical imbalances have too long been the scapegoat for thieves, killers, and the animated lamp that steals your teeth in that recurring nightmare about the puppy farm. Shake up the biochemical pathways between your funny bone and your laugh bladder with today’s Groupon to Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. For $8, you get four tickets to any of CIC’s shows. Split your tickets among friends (as long as you're all over the age of 13) and go to see a show together, or keep them to yourself and see any four performances you like. CIC is BYOB, so you won’t dump money on overpriced drinks or spend the evening with a dry, humorless throat.
Conveniently located in Wrigleyville near the Irving Park Brown Line and the Sheridan Red Line el stations, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy’s theater is home to a repertoire of improvisational themes and competitions that feature talented comedians from across the city. In Desperately Seeking, CIC's sultans of spontaneity choose a random classified ad from the Chicago Reader’s Matches section and improvise on the life of the person who took out the ad. Place your own ad before you go and wish on a magical cricket that you’ll get to see your life played out before you by the hysterical fun-makers. Otherwise, stop in to see Pimprov, the acclaimed portmanteau that gives four pimps a chance to improvise and escape the repetitive, predictable mundanities of their 9-to-5 (a.m.) day job. If you’re new to the city and need an introduction to all the funny people, head to The Comedy Showcase, which features three different improv or sketch comedy groups each week.
Laughter works your abdominal muscles, stretches your vocal chords, and invigorates your internal organs with radiant vibrations, gently massaging your sweetie’s heart and stimulating his or her sense that maybe it isn’t just the dark and the wine that’s making you look so cute. Cozy up to a potential life-mate in the dark and let mutual bursts of laughter serve as an excuse for sidelong glances and casual arm touches.
The Chicago Reader offers this rave review of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy's show Pimprov:
- The group stays heavily engaged with the crowd throughout this high-energy show, bringing people on stage and carrying on multiple side conversations during and between bits. What I enjoyed most were their hilarious, spontaneous dancing (from tap to b-boying) and varied characters. These are no one-trick pimps: at the show I saw they shrewdly played everything from north side trixies to blue-collar Chicagoans. – Ryan Hubbard, Chicago Reader
Yelpers give the improv group a solid four stars, and four Citysearchers award it a perfect five:
- Great improv and professional actors…Pushing the envelope for sure but got some great laughs out of our group. My stomach hurt and I was hunched over from laughing. – Kristin K., Yelp
- This was one of the funniest shows I have seen in a long time. – sally_massino, Citysearch