A few years ago I did a show with Cleanest Best Pleasure, a now-defunct sketch group, called The Clean Show at The Upstairs Gallery. It was framed as a public access TV show about local events in Chicago and was reasonably successful (notwithstanding the one show that was only attended by my then girlfriend, which if you’re doing comedy in Chicago you’ve experienced at least once or twice).
Anyway, my friend Katy and I have been talking ever since about reviving it in some form and over drinks in November we finally decided to make it happen, not as a revival but as a brand new show with some of the same themes. A few meetings later, pulling in our friend Spencer, and a really solid cast/writing staff with credits from The Onion News Network, Steppenwolf, McSweeney’s, NYTVF, and all the Chicago improv/comedy theaters that everyone in Chicago studies/performs at. (more…)
Tickets are now available for Cut to The Chase at the Artistic Home in Chicago. My one-act play, Date Night, will be featured along with four other plays. Having seen all the plays last year (and having acted in one myself), I can say that overall the quality of the acting, directing, and writing was quite good and I expect this year to be no different.
Here are the details:
What: Date Night is a dark comedy about a domestic dispute that leads to a hilarious and endearing encounter between a timid philosophy professor and his working-class neighbor. Directed by Kristin Collins and featuring Cole Millette, Tyler Collins, and Jae Renfrow.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, January 10 – 25, 2014 @ 8pm
Where: The Artistic Home, 1376 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Tickets: Available online here ($15)