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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

March 31 @ 10:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day
| $16

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, The Improvised Shakespeare Company performs a two-act a 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).

The Improvised Shakespeare Company® is one of the funniest and most critically-acclaimed improv troupes in the world.  It has been performing its unique show to sold out audiences in Chicago since 2005.  The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company.  They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago.  The ISC has been named Chicago’s best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

The Improvised Shakespeare Co. performs:

Every Thursday at 8

Fridays at 8pm and 10:30pm

Saturdays at 8pm and 10:30pm.


“A delightful evening that celebrates the best of both iambics and long-form improv.” – The Chicago Tribune

“Mind-blowing. It was one of the funniest, most amazing things I’ve ever seen.” – The Charleston City Paper Online

“”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

“”Critic’s Pick” Quite remarkable.” – Chicago Public Radio

“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

“Mind-blowing. It was one of the funniest, most amazing things I’ve ever seen.” – The Charleston City Paper Online

“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


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March 31
10:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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The Del Close Theater
1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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312 929-2401