The spontaneity of improvisation lends electric energy to comedy sketches, jazz solos, and state-of-the-union addresses. Stay on the edge of your laugh-box with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get four tickets to Storytown at the iO Theater in Wrigleyville (a $20 value). Storytown performances take place on Saturday mornings in the Del Close Theater from March 26 to July 23. iO students are admitted for free.
iO is a world-renowned theater that has birthed such notable alumni as Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Director Andrew Ritter helms a cast of professional pretenders in Storytown, a fully improvised fairy-tale adventure for comedy connoisseurs of all ages. Suggestions from attending youngsters help construct sprawling, one-of-a-kind yarns that, like the perfect milk bubble, culminate in a distinctive spectacle never to be seen again. Kids rummage through their cerebral toy boxes to devise play settings and guide the actors, musicians, and artists through on-the-spot stories, which can feature anything from damsels in distress to mermaid armies battling sinister tax-return forms. The iO can also tailor-fit fairy tales for birthday boys and girls, celebrating their past and future year on life’s grand stage with antics involving sound, fury, and Shakespearean dinosaurs.
Having spawned hordes of comic luminaries in the last 30 years, including Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and Tina Fey, the revered iO Theater curates one-of-a-kind evenings of improv every night. The spacious theaters host shows where everything from classic long-form improv and family-friendly fare to musical improv and improvised Shakespeare launch audiences into imaginative stories. A full-service bar in each theater allows audiences to hone spit-takes when sipping sudsy drafts and cocktails.