Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Pajama Men, "Stop Not Going"

Here's the bad news first: this show closes tomorrow, August 19th. There's a show tonight at 7:30, a show at 9:30 and one tomorrow at 3:00. If you have a spare $20.00 on hand, you should run down to the Storefront Theatre and check this show out.

Katie and I went to see this last night. The Pajama Men were in town last year at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, and I heard a lot of good things about the show but I never made it out. I nearly missed them again this year too. I am glad that Katie forced me to go.

Since I have a blog now and, as such, am entitled to criticize everything and anything I wish, I went into the show last night figuring I would pay attention to the things I didn't like and then write about them today. I could then imitate those people experienced enough to have insightful criticisms to make, thereby making myself feel smart and well informed about The Arts and all of that good stuff.

Of course, once I actually got into the theatre, I forgot about all of that bullshit and just enjoyed myself. It felt like I was watching the best improve show I had ever seen. If course, most of it was scripted. But with the style of the dialogue, the way the scenes and the characters flowed seemlessly and the fact that, like every improv show, the scenery and the props were all mimed, the show felt like great improv. It was a chance to see two viruoso comic performers firing on all cylanders. It was the kind of show that makes me want to be a better performer.

Maybe one day when I am more informed on The Arts, I'll provide a more detailed analysis. For today, though, I'm just happy that I went to the theatre and saw a really great show.


The Pajama Men - Stop Not Going
Through Aug 19, 2007

Storefront Theater
66 East Randolph
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Saturdays at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Sundays at 3pm

Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors.