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Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)

Second City
1616 N. Wells St Chicago

While we're bombarded with tornadoes, both politically and weather-related, the day to day news of our lives stays the same - saving our marriages, raising our kids and whether the American Dream is something we’ll ever be able to afford. As all Chicagoans know, our daily trials range from a summer with no sun to dodging car doors while using the bicycle lane to the latest zombie uprising, we remain cautiously optimistic that the sky’s the limit - unless, of course, there’s a blizzard, tsunami, or hail storm.

Thru - May 13, 2012

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



Price: $22-$27

Stage: Second City e.t.c. Stage

Show Type: Comedy

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  Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting) Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...The director, Matt Hovde, has been smart enough to give Baltz a lot of room. This is one of those rare Second City sketches where you fall hook, line and sinker for a character you've known for about 30 seconds. The piece turns very dark — you quickly start to read the signs of painful shyness on Baltz's increasingly agonized face. Even the waiter changes his tune, delivering apologies. You don't want this drama to end. But end it does, and, with the level of talent established, the show thereafter flies."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...The Second City e.t.c.’s new revue, “Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting),” moves as fast and furiously as the breakneck meteorological shifts Chicago is known to experience. The pace is established from the start, as the cast of six, directed by Matt Hovde (with zesty musical direction from Jesse Case), is quickly spotlighted and named. From there it’s off on riffs about everything from “faggettes” (gay women), to muffin tops, to an obscenity-spouting Rahm Emanuel, to a pop quiz that asks: “What has gone up 60 percent in the last quarter?” (Answer: Gas companies’ profits.)"
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Hedy Weiss


NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...the energetic cast (made up of e.t.c veterans Tim Baltz, Brendan Jennings and Mary Sohn along with newcomers Aidy Bryant, Jessicay Joy and Michael Lehrer) handle it all with big smiles and the occasional shot of quirky emotional depth. The lightning-fast “pop quiz” bits that open each act are engaging and demand that the audience “pay attention” but, although the first act is strong and takes a number of risks that pay off, the show loses some of its momentum after the intermission and never quite gets it back."
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Zach Freeman


Chicago Theatre Addict - Highly Recommended

"...These four actors, Aldy Bryant, Brendan Jennings, Jessica Joy, Michael Lehrer, Baltz and Sohn, make a cohesive ensemble. While they each approach jokes in different ways, they manage to keep the tone of the entire evening from going off the rails into “OMG AREN’T WE SO FUNNY!” land. Which I appreciate deeply. At relatively young ages, they’re comfortable in their own comedic skins, which makes this revue one of the best I’ve seen from Second City in some time."
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Bob Bullen


Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...That’s as redemptive as this show wants to get.  More often it sticks to bittersweet, as when Lehrer (again) plays a loutish loser who regularly gets kicked out of Wrigley Field but endears himself by promising that he won’t get any worse.  Even more endearing, Baltz plays a shy and dweebish first-dater who uses flashcards to provide “spontaneous” prompts during his clumsy rendezvous with the much more assured Mary Sohn.  In a lovely resolution of this problematic encounter they manage to find common ground--using the cards.  Jessica Joy has a delightful solo number about an atheist wondering about seriously silly stuff, like why she won’t get the pleasure of seeing her Christian friends discover there’s no afterlife."

Lawrence Bommer


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Directed by  Matt Hovde, this new show written by Tim Baltz, Brendan Jennings and Mary Sohn  ( three of the six member cast) is a delightful romp through life as it is today and takes a stab at “The American Dream” and if it is even possible for any of us to achieve this place in infamy!  Baltz is a great comic who uses his face and body movement to create that special something that makes you laugh. Brendan Jennings is a “stitch” and Mary Sohn is adorable. The other three performers, Aidy Bryant,Jessica Joy and the very funny Michael Lehrer bring a special flair to this comical evening- two hours of almost non-stop laughter."
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Alan Bresloff


   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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