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The Improvised Shakespeare Company®


Based on one audience suggestion (a title of a show that has never been written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company® creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you're wondering where the story is are they! Catch the troupe the NY Times calls, "one of the country’s elite improv companies." You've never seen the Bard like this before!

The Improvised Shakespeare Company® is one of the most critically acclaimed improv troupes in the world. The ISC was founded in Chicago in 2005. In 2006 it began an open run at the iO Theater where its hit show, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago? still performs today. The ISC performs regularly at The Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles for audiences that are, according to the LA Times, "Beatlemaniacal." It has played to sold out crowds all over the world including The Kennedy Center, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnaroo, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, The Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and Outside Lands in San Francisco. For many years it was featured regularly in NYC at 92nd St Y and Theatre 80 St Marks where the ISC "plays to packed theaters with an atmosphere more like a rock club than a repertory house" (The New York Times). In 2018 Sir Patrick Stewart presented them at the Soho Theatre in London. ISC guest performers have included Jason Alexander, Helen Hunt, Bradley Whitford, and Patrick Stewart. It 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 ISC has been called "Staggeringly Brilliant" (TimeOut Chicago), ""Mad Genius" (LA Times), "Wildly Entertaining" (The Washington Post), "Indisputably Great" (Centerstage Chicago), "Absolutely Stunning" (DC Metro Theatre Arts), "Hilarious!" (LA Weekly, Seattle Times, Chicago Reader, TimeOut Chicago, Naples Daily News, CBC Manitoba, Winnipeg Free Press), and TimeOut New York simply says, "Don't Miss Them. Seriously."

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Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

Expected Run Time is 90 minutes

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