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South Side Summer Show
July 13th, 2019 - August 17th, 2019

ATTENTION SOUTH SIDERS! THIS SHOW IS FOR YOU! SOUTH SIDE SUMMER SHOW is a fast-paced comedy show brought to you by the city's best actors and comedians. Featuring music, improv, and sketch comedy, this hilarious revue delivers non-stop laughs. Written & Performed by: Tina Arfaee (Matt Damon Improv), Colette Gregory (SHADE), Dani James (The Teenagers), Devin Middleton (2017 Second City Comedy Fellow), and Tori Wynn (Tinderella). Directed by Hannah Elizabeth Baker. SUITABLE FOR AGES 18+


The Excited State feat. Dr. Peter Warnke
August 8th, 2019

Science has never been so fun... or scientists so funny! “The Excited State” is an improv comedy show. The performance takes audiences on a hilarious---and utterly improvised---journey of discovery through scientific history, breakthroughs, and common misconceptions. The troupe is comprised of Chicago's most outgoing scientists from UChicago, UIC, IIT, Fermi Lab, Argonne and elsewhere. Each performance features a "Special Guest" from the scientific community. This month, "The Excited State" welcomes Dr. Peter Warnke (Director, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery, UChicago Medicine).


Drop-In Improv Workshop
August 17th, 2019

Ever wanted to try improv? Are you "between classes" and interested in getting back on stage? Looking for an extra opportunity to play with different folks from the community? "Drop-In Improv" is a 90 min. workshop with Brian Jack - a veteran instructor and member of the highly regarded ensembles "Deep Schwa" and "The Reckoning." All levels welcome. Stick around for the Open Improv Jam to follow at 6:00pm. Then, stay and watch the South Side Summer Show at 8:00pm!

Open Improv Jam
August 17th, 2019

Step on stage with an ensemble of fellow improvisers for an Open Jam! Facilitated by Brian Jack - a veteran improv instructor and member of the highly regarded ensembles "Deep Schwa" and "The Reckoning." The Open Improv Jam is free and the bar will be open!


Summer Student Showcase
August 24th, 2019

The Revival offers a variety of classes for Adults including Improv, Stand Up Comedy, Spoken Word, Storytelling and more. Today, our students take the stage to share what they’ve learned in the Summer Session. This show is FREE but please arrive early. We shut the door when the theater reaches capacity...and it will!


The Stand Up Show (Student Edition)
August 24th, 2019

The Stand Up Show is hosted by Jonah Jurkens (Comedians You Should Know; Black Out Diaries) and features graduates of The Revival's "Stand Up Comedy Class." Come out and support these aspiring comics!


The Hutchins Plan - Harris "Math Camp Edition"
September 19th, 2019

The Hutchins Plan is named for early twentieth century UChicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins. Featuring “Special Guests” from across the University, this improv comedy performance begins with an extemporaneous monologue that inspires a series of interconnected scenes. Join host Prof. Randal Picker (UChicago Law) and The Hutchins Plan Ensemble for an evening of classic long-form improvisation. This month, featuring special guests from the Harris School of Public Policy.