One Two Many
One Two, Many is a sketch show about the wants that drive us; how they can warp our sanity and reality. Adam Archer and Alan Linic present the highs and lows of emotional spectrum and spin them to their most fun potential. The show is in a state of perpetual motion, like trying to get from point A to point B on a merry-go-round.
Prepare to share the feels, the diagnoses, and the beat as this well-oiled machine evolves before your very eyes.
"One, Two, Many leaves everything to chance and nothing untapped by the imagination. This two-man sketch show is smart, physical, original and always surprising. Alan Linic and Adam Archer pour their souls into this production with such grace and humility it'll leave you wanting to come back again. Each scene transition is seamless, unexpected and perfectly timed. You never feel that a scene has overextended its welcome, but instead find yourself eager to see how one stride, glance or kiss silently transforms into a completely unexpected new world. From a far-fetched tower-imprisoned princess, to our favorite holiday crooks, to over-prescriptive medical facilitators, each choreographed step is taken with intention and executed with the utmost commitment. One, Two, Many is one of the most intellectually challenging displays of comedy I've ever seen. Do yourself a favor and go see this show. It's a pure entertainment delight. " - Choose Chicago
"Even preteen girls in the early '90s snickered at the lyrical idiocy of Color Me Badd's radio staple "I Wanna Sex You Up." I haven't thought about that eye-rolling R&B ballad in years, but it came to mind watching this sketch show at iO from Adam Archer and Alan Linic. Their version, called hilariously "Can I Get Your Consent?" is the long-lost parody "I Wanna Sex You Up" always demanded. Archer and Linic's song was, in fact, inspired by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," so even better. The pair coo their careful seduction — "I'll take you by the hand and lead you inside (if you want to)" — to a woman sitting in the audience before handing her a legal document from the "Ready Party" (that would be the two men onstage) requesting a signature from said female "hereinafter referred to as Totally and Definitely Consenting Party." I don't know that Archer and Linic (disclosure: the latter is employed by the Tribune on the digital advertising staff) have the strongest chemistry as a two-man team on stage. They don't quite generate the kind of odd sparks you like to see in performing duos (Nate Sherman directs), but they go for broke with physical comedy, and their strength (and it is substantial) is in their writing. They've designed the show with seamless segues from one scene to the next, and the variety of scenarios they cycle through feel very specific to how these men view the world, i.e. the consent song. Linic is lanky and the more vulnerable of the two, and he has a twitchy energy that suggests the show might run off the rails at any moment. Archer tends to play normal types who invariably reveal deep bouts of weirdness (such as his improvised take on a water polo "bro"). This is a sketch show that feels like a complete thought, coming full circle at the end. And it's one that's thoughtful enough to ask for your consent." - Chicago Tribune
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