Improv comedy shows, unlike criminal-court proceedings and open-heart surgeries, encourage people in the room to shout out suggestions. Explore the extemporaneous with this GrouponLive deal to see Upright Citizens Brigade at the Todd Wehr Theatre at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. For $20, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $39.75 value, including all fees). Choose between the following dates:
- Friday, September 21
- Saturday, September 22
For either date, choose between the 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows. Doors open one hour before showtime.
Upright Citizens Brigade, an improve-comedy troupe originally formed in Chicago in 1990, counts Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, and Horatio Sanz among its many distinguished alumni. Along with producing a much-loved TV show, the troupe went on to establish theaters in both New York and LA, where the members have helped comedic actors hone their performing chops during classes and in front of rapt audiences.
Many of these actors roam the roads as part of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, which transports its energetic, off-the-cuff performances to Todd Wehr Theatre this weekend. Onstage, the quick-witted players mold scenes out of audience suggestions using only wordplay, palpable teamwork, and a seemingly effortless ability to create layered stories on the spot. The show runs about 90 minutes, during which comic actors—many of whom have appeared alongside Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, and David Spade on TV screens and in collages made by schoolkids with weirdly advanced taste in comedy—build two long-form pieces.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
A thrust stage augments Todd Wehr Theatre’s already-intimate ambiance, allowing theatergoers perched on three sides of the stage to feel like a part of the action unfolding in front of them. Even in the balcony, onlookers are close enough to the performance to see the most nuanced facial expressions or hear the dialogue running through an actor’s head before she says it. The theater itself is part of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, a 40-year-old Milwaukee institution lauded for its Broadway shows and stream of offerings to the city’s lively arts community.