The Improvised Shakespeare Co
One of Chicago’s most popular shows, The Improvised Shakespeare Company performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).
“A delightful evening that celebrates the best of both iambics and long-form improv.” – The Chicago Tribune
“”Critic’s Choice” Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets, and drop parodic phrases, and well-placed anachronisms. Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously.” – Chicago Reader
“Set aside your preconceptions about Shakespearean theater. It’s not all pretentious, puffy-garbed players trained to speak foreign English at the Raised Hand School of Acting. IO Chicago’s rollicking hit show “Improvised Shakespeare” is smart and knowing enough to delight Elizabethan drama fans and charming enough to win over the most avowed Anglophobes. – Centerstage Chicago
The Improvised Shakespeare Co. performs every Thursday at 8, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm, and Saturdays at 8pm and 10:30pm in the iO Del Close Theater.
“This is pop Shakespeare to be sure. Men play every role, working from a “script” generously sprinkled with rhyming couplets and catering in equal measure to our baser and loftier instincts. The modern tribute to the Bard mixes Shakespearean language and tone with heaping tablespoons of Monty Python-esque slapstick and wordplay. …this is indisputably great improv, fueled by smart plot development, stage chemistry and recognizable characters.” – Centerstage Chicago
“”Critic’s Pick” Quite remarkable.” – Chicago Public Radio
“Mind-blowing. It was one of the funniest, most amazing things I’ve ever seen.” – The Charleston City Paper Online