The Columbia Chronicle

Chicago sees the big pictures

By Drew Hunt

October 18, 2010

127 Hours--3/5The new film from Danny Boyle,“127 Hours,” chronicles the plight of one Aron Ralston, and the filmmaker’s frenetic style has once again taken the place of adequate pathos—but because it was only a matter of time before somebody gave this story the big screen treatment, we can credit Boyle for at least being the quickest to the punch. You know Ralston’s story even if you don’t recognize the name—he...

When worlds collide

By Brianna Wellen

April 19, 2010

Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood was swarming with shouting Cubs fans searching for a place to celebrate their home team’s first win April 12. Making their way through the crowded streets were a select few who trickled up to the second floor theater at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., to enjoy an evening of improvised music and dance as a part of the collision_theory series curated by Links Hall’s Artistic Ass...

Comedic madness all through March

By Luke Wilusz

March 8, 2010

While March Madness swings into full gear in the world of college basketball, a local improv group has adapted the tournament concept to a different kind of sport.The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave., started its seventh annual March Madness Improv Tournament with a show on March 4. The improv company treats comedy as a competitive sport, with two teams vying for the audience’s laughter and applause. Four teams...

Please don’t actually ‘give us money’

By Luke Wilusz

February 1, 2010

Volunteers sit behind a bank of phones on stage, soliciting donations from callers. Grinning hosts beam at the live audience before switching to their somber faces and urging people to donate. No, this isn’t another fundraiser for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The cause: raising money to buy plasma TVs for prison inmates.“Give Us Money” is an improvised comedy show that takes place during the final hour of a 24-hour cha...

Second to none

By WilliamPrentiss

December 7, 2009

The Second City Theatre may have gotten its name from its hometown of Chicago, but that hasn’t stopped it from spreading well beyond the stage throughout the past 50 years.Since its founding, several stages, training centers and touring companies have emerged as part of the well-known troupe’s family. It has even crossed into the television medium with its Emmy award-winningshow “SCTV.”“It went too quickly,” said...

From 140 characters to the stage

By Colin Shively

September 21, 2009

The art of improvisation relies greatly on the audience giving small suggestions to the improv performers so they can create scenes for the onlookers’ enjoyment. But what if the suggestions were already in place—and were 140 characters or less?Social networking has come out of the digital world and into the theater world at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St. Every Wednesday night, The Playground Theater create...

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