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''Catholic Child’ Makes Peace with her Ghosts'

by the Marin Independent Journal

The cast is generally strong, and director Ariel Craft… keeps things flowing nicely.

The child version of Regina (an irrepressibly bubbly Janice Rumschlag), is beside herself with excitement about her confirmation and marrying Jesus.”

'From Jane Austen to Horrible Women'

by Theatrejones.com

“Such a blast it was to watch Improvised Jane Austen from Chicago and hear six women bandy around phrases like “frock about,” on the final night of the Dallas Comedy Festival. Modern mentality rushed headlong into comically entangled family intrigues. All of it unfurled in British accents, Regency language and fey mannerisms—

the audience ate it up.

'Improvised Jane Austen' by Gaper’s Block

The ten woman company manages to deftly and hilariously improvise any suggestion from the audience into a… spoof of a Jane Austen novel… There are so many things that are great about them:

1. They’re hilarious.

2. They weave in and out of “drag”, taking on male personas as easily and convincingly as female personas… I can’t think of a time that I’ve seen an all-female cast of comedic actors take on the reverse. IJA made it seem like the easiest, funniest thing in the world to pretend to be a man.

3. In the entire universe of improv possibilities, they’ve narrowed their focus to scenarios that might have come from Jane Austen, which increases the humor quotient instead of limiting it.”

''Lights Out, Everybody’ returns dramatic radio to Chicago' by Examiner.com

”It’s a worthy effort, with the actors giving intense performances. Using lighting effects to ramp up chills by going to black as climatic scenes or using single-color lighting are old theatre tricks, but they’ve fallen into disuse in recent years. If you’re into slightly-campy (but not over-the-top) horror suitable for everyone from teens to adults, catch this show before it closes

'Lights Out, Everybody' by Rhyme of the Day

“I would highly recommend it as an evening of entertaining theater. Unless, that is, horror stories are just not your cup of tea. The show moves along briskly under Giau Truong’s direction. The six actors are all strong, and those with multiple roles create distinct personalities for each.”

'The Nairobi Project @ The Annoyance Theater'

by Gaper's Block

"The resulting play is a verbatim translation of Gido's script, performed magnificently by six professional actors.

Every translative anomaly is performed with hilarious accuracy...

it's my job to give credit to the people who brought this hilarious, albeit absolutely absurd, play to Chicago."

'Reinvented ‘Sketchbook’ takes on theme of Reincarnation' by The Chicago Tribune

“And composer Kevin O’Donnell and choreographer Kasey Foster’s ‘Untitled 862’ pays subtle homage to Wim Wenders’ ‘Wings of Desire’ in a movement piece where angels guide several people through moments of their lives both profound and mundane. It’s a fine coda to a festival that… reinvents Collaboractions’s signature show with heart and simplicity."

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