On July 1 I was invited to bring a friend to The Second City e.t.c. to see its 36th revue, “We’re All in This Room Together.” July 1 was opening night so not only were our very nice seats complimentary, but so were our drinks. Even if the show was bad, getting in free and being plied with free drinks would have assured the night wasn’t a complete loss.
Not only was the night not a complete loss, it was a whole lot of fun, and would have been even without those free drinks, I swear. It’s Second City so I expected nothing less. After all, they do have quite a reputation to uphold.
Uphold it they did. The show began with the six cast members – Aidy Bryant, Mike Kosinski, Michael Lehrer, Tawny Newsome, Andel Sudik, and Chris Witaske – letting us know that through the run of the show they’ll perform the same thing over 300 times, but because each audience is different, each show will be a unique experience.
Unique because there is some audience participation. Not so much that it’s annoying, but just enough for some fun at some embarrassed audience members' expense. Unless, of course, you sit in the front section; in that case it may be at you the rest of the audience is laughing, but it’s all in good fun. The show is mostly scripted, with a wee-bit of improv thrown in to keep the cast on its toes.
“We’re All in This Room Together” is a singing and dancing comedic extravaganza. It’s also cooky and bizarre, which means it’s altogether fun. Prince travels all the way from Minneapolis to preside over a wedding. We learn that no one who hangs around Wrigley Field gives a hoot about what anyone else thinks. Driving in a convertible on Lakeshore Drive is not advised. A woman finds a way to stay close with all four of her ex-husbands. An overindulgent father seeks to put his spoiled brat in the best school that will take her. A couple breaks up – in about six different ways. And much more.
All of these and more await you at “We’re All in This Room Together.” It’s funny, even without free drinks. Do be sure to use the correct entrance even if the person manning the door to the main entrance – on North Wells – tells you to go inside for the show. He or she will be wrong. The Second City e.t.c. show is through Piper’s Alley, the entrance to which is well-marked and south of the main entrance.
The show runs most Tuesdays through Sundays through December 1, 2012. Tickets.