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Piccolo Fringe: The Reckoning 

When: Fri., May 28, 7 p.m., Sat., May 29, 9-10 p.m. and Sun., May 30, 9-10 p.m. 2010
Price: $16/advance, $15/door

The longest-running, most infamous improv group in Chicago. Part of Piccolo Fringe at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

They're at the top of the comedy evolution tree
Crawling out of the bubbling mire of the Chicago comedy scene, The Reckoning has survived to become the longest running and best known improv group in the city. They're one of almost 30 teams at the iO Theater with their own Tuesday night slot

They can act, too
One of the secrets of their survival is their acting prowess. They can make ridiculous jokes but still create believable — if silly — characters. "We really pride ourselves on being good actors as well as comedians," says Reckoner Jet Eveleth. "It's something we constantly work on." The group realizes that being true to the moment will help the audience care about the characters, and find the situations funnier. "The more you play to the truth, the more you get into the three-dimensional characters and there will always be something to laugh about," she says.

They love the Harold
This form of improv could be compared to jazz. Starting with a single audience suggestion, The Reckoning explores it through formal scenes and deft gags, stringing them together for a harmonious wrap-up. Each member of The Reckoning is a master of the Harold.

— Nick Smith


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