Improvisation is just as important to good comedy as it is to explaining why you forgot to pay your taxes for the last decade. Witness improv experts in action with today's Groupon: for $21, you get a main-floor section A seating ticket to see Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Saturday, December 10, at 8 p.m. (up to a $51.25 value).
With wits honed by years of appearances on the Emmy-nominated show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take their frenetic improvisational-humor style to the stage of the ornate Rialto Square Theatre. Like a pair of comedic MacGyvers, the duo take suggestions from viewers and craft them into hilarious scenes that explode on impact, inviting audience members to the stage to act as extra characters or pieces of furniture. From main-floor seats, spectators can marvel at the stage antics while also admiring towering vaulted ceilings dating back to the theater's construction in 1926, inscribed with intricate artwork, golden accents, and Clara Bow’s phone number.
Rialto Square Theatre
Designed to mimic the French palace of Versailles, Rialto Square Theatre's magnificent interior awes showgoers with its gilded opulence. In the regal inner lobby, a 20-foot, 250-light chandelier—dubbed The Duchess—illuminates a circular series of delicate reliefs that depict allegories of man triumphing through labor and scenes from Greek mythology. A scaled-down replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe leads from the lobby to the rotunda, adding to the space's grandeur and commemorating miniature Napoleon's victory at the adorable Battle of miniature Austerlitz.