New York City
The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company presents The Show Might Go On, by David Kosh, directed by Ann Bowen, at the Back Room at Dillon’s.
Based on the novel of the same name by Roger Bowen, a founding member
of both the Compass and Second City troupes in Chicago, the play loosely recounts the birth of improvisational theatre in 1955. Improv was an art form that revolutionized American (and Canadian) comedy, and then went on to affect pretty much everything else in the field of entertainment. Everyone else too, from Adam Sandler to David Mamet.
The Show Might Go On is a warm-hearted yet satiric tale of a young writer who finds his world turned upside down when he joins an improvisational theatre troupe headed by a visionary director who just might be a madman. The director wants to change the world. The writer – he’s not exactly sure what he wants, until he falls for an actress in the troupe, an actress who also happens to be the director’s ex-wife. As the writer struggles with romance, and the director pursues his vision no matter what the cost, love still manages to triumph, the show finally goes on, and history, somehow, is made.
Schedule: November 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Final performance: December 9, 2023
Performances begin: December 3, 2023
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