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The Second City plays the Alliance Theatre

2010 November 24
by Susan Asher

Chicago 2nd City

“The Second City Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street” is cute and good for a few laughs. But if you’re looking for side-splitting laughter from Chicago’s famous improvisational theater company The Second City, you probably won’t find it here.

It is better than last year’s Second City Holiday show. But if you’re nostalgic and looking for “something wonderful right away,” (the title of a history book on The Second City),  you’ll have to sit tight through the opening musical number. The improv scenes are better than the songs.

Some of the scripted scenes and scripted improve scenes are good and quite funny, such as the father and son scene, and the party scene.

The cast is a mélange of six performers Ric Walker, Micah Sherman, and Claudia Michelle Wallace, all of The Second City; and locals Amy Roeder of JackPie Theatre, and Tara Ochs and Randy Havens of Dad’s Garage Theare.

The play was written and created by T.J. Shanoff and Seth Weitberg with additional material by the cast of Second City.

“The Second City” plays through Dec. 12 at the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Theatre.

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