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A Clown Car Named Desire

Second City
1616 N. Wells St Chicago

Join the limber and handsome cast of A Clown Car Named Desire for a spectacular night of illusion featuring brave, multitasking mothers expressing themselves; hyper hipsters competing for the ultimate in cool; and long term monogamous couples desperately trying to remember how they got that way. It's a night to remember and the perfect antidote to that mundane and troublesome state called reality.

Thru - May 31, 2014

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm & 11:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm & 11:00pm
Sundays: 7:00pm



Price: $23-$28

Stage: e.t.c Stage

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 312-337-3992

Running Time: 2hrs

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  A Clown Car Named Desire Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Directors often don't get enough credit at Second City, but it's clear what Ryan Bernier has done here, with a layered and textured show that doesn't get snagged by its own, excessive ambition but really flies along. The one lengthy audience-involvement improv - which gets a couple up to re-enact their first date - is one of the best such pieces I've seen, not least because everything is set up to empower the volunteers, who are carefully protected and made to look like heroes of their own story, however they might mumble through it. It's an unusually generous scenario that connects this cast to its audience and offers the emotional underpinning you always find in the best Second City revues."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...In one of the funniest sketches, three American Apparel sales clerks (Breit, Kosinski and Witaske, all spot-on), try to outdo each other in their “creative” alternative lifestyles. Each is a case of arrested development, as one boasts of being a “Freegan” (eating only from dumpsters), another riffs on his fashion innovations, and another talks about buying Tom’s shoes (the trendy charity-connected brand that supplies shoes to poor Third World kids)."
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Hedy Weiss


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...this collection of sketches is solid enough to work with such a loose theme, delivering constant laughs and effortlessly maintaining its momentum. The two-hour running time (including an intermission) feels much shorter. There's singing, dancing, improv, audience participation and plenty of truly solid good ol' sketch comedy. But, most importantly, there's the fun of watching a cast that clearly enjoys working with both the material and each other. And making fun of hipsters."
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Zach Freeman


Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...DO NOT MISS A Clown Car Named Desire at Second City e.t.c. You might want to go sooner than later, before Lorne Michaels steals the talent - even though there is a seemingly endless supply of talent to come up and fill any gaps that SNL might create."
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J. Scott Hill


Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...A Clown Car Named Desire is at its best when if fully embraces the whimsy of its name, as in a short sketch that shows a soap-opera style fight between a couple due to the man's obsession with squeaky shoes. Even better is a scene at a Laundromat that shifts from idle conversation between two guys into a surreal circus that shows off Sarah Ross and Kyle Anderson's scenic and lighting design."
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Samantha Nelson


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Lead by the quirky, nerd-like Mike Kosinski, A Clown Car Named Desire is much more than a riff on Tennessee Williams. It is a couple hours of non-stop laughs. The stage chemistry and wonderful comic timing along with the instant smart ad-libs produced a tightly spun revue. This show is an entertaining show that is a most popular venue that features splendid food and drinks deftly served by a fine serving staff making The Second City a landmark spot for fun. Come to The Second City to enjoy a fun evening of comedy."
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Tom Williams


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...As is the case in Second City E.T.C. Shows, you will find yourself laughing at things that you are not even sure you understand, but in your sub-concious, you do get it! Directed by Ryan Bernier with music direction by Alex Kliner, "A Clown Car Named Desire" really has nothing to do with the circus or a clown car, it is a title of a Tennessee Williams play gone Second City which does set up a spoof they do on an unheard of Williams play ( in our case, it was the "Hairy Triangle") that is created by words the audience throws out to the actors."
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Alan Bresloff


Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...Ryan Bernier gets high marks for directing the show with a nice comic flow. He gets a special gold star for his shaping of the American Apparel sketch, which could have turned obvious and repetitive with less energy and pacing. Sarah Ross designed the set, Kyle Anderson the atmospheric lighting, and Alex Kliner the sound design (he also composed the original music and serves as musical director)."
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Dan Zeff


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.
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