Virgin Daiquiri presents "Lean Back"
This celebrated improv group of all women present their first sketch show after previewing it to much success at this year’s Sketchfest. Alums include SNL regulars Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong and other hot goddesses of comedy.
""Saturday Night Live" cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant came up through the all-female improv team Virgin Daiquiri at iO, which says something about this group's ability to attract and hone talent. You can catch its Wednesday-night gig every week at iO — or for the next month or so, their new sketch show in the late-night Saturday slot. Either way you're in safe hands. "Lean Back" doesn't feel markedly different from a Virgin Daiquiri improv show in that you don't walk away thinking, "Wow, they are even sharper when working from scripted material." The quality feels pretty much the same, which is to say it's very good. The group (directed by James Whittington) has always been on-point when exploring stereotypes or the absurdist details that shape the lives of women, including the convoluted way some people fill out their NCAA brackets: "You know I love murder mysteries. The butler did it. So: Butler over Marquette!" Or the retail subculture of wildly expensive bra boutiques: "Did you just come from yoga or are you depressed?" is the kind of response a humble sports bra provokes. (Dina Facklis, who is Virgin Daiquiri's strongest personality, plays the saleswoman as a terrifically acidic combination snob-helper.) There's an easygoing energy here that speaks to the group's confidence, and Colleen Doyle in particular has a Kate McKinnon-like quality that feels simultaneously grounded and about to spin off into something crazed. (An audience member shouted out "Titanic" at one point, which Doyle insisted on pronouncing "Teh-tan-nick" for the rest of the sketch.) Few performers can pull off smart and fizzy at the same time, but Doyle's got the stuff." - Chicago Tribune
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