July 29
10:03 2014

MCL Chicago and Executive Director Aaron Shapiro are proud to announce their August schedule. All performances take place at the newly renovated MCL Chicago, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave., and are BYOB. Ticket prices range from $3 - $20 and are available at the door or at

August marks the first month of performances for MCL Chicago, formerly known as Studio BE. The new name signifies the organization's focus on: music, comedy and live performance (MCL). The performing arts organization has a strong focus on its roots of music improvisation and music comedy, while having its doors open to various other performing art forms. MCL Chicago provides workshops, MCLabs, on music improvisation and music comedy, community outreach and a venue for performances or rehearsals for Chicago's and the nation's established and emerging performing talents.

"We are proud to provide a home for renowned ensembles like the Improvised Sondheim Project and Mansical," said Shapiro. "And we are especially excited to be able to showcase the diversity of music comedy with productions like Anarchy, Nanniez, SASSAFRAS, VAMP, and Stacked & Pitch, Please!"

The August schedule begins August 5 and includes:


8 p.m. Potential Boyfriends

Running Time: 1h 30m

(Open Run) - $7, online sales, cash and credit at door

Now in its fourth year, the Potential Boyfriends improv group hosts a comedy showcase featuring Peter Corey, Pat Ivansek, Nick Johnson and Joey Lesiak.

10 p.m. Lindsey's Calling

Running Time: 1h 30m

(Open Run) - $7, cash and credit at the door

Lindsey's Calling is Logan Hulick, Abby Vatterott and Grant Johnson. They are a group of three best friends who love to play hard and explore every given moment together. Extremely connected from the moment they met, they welcome audiences into their unique world.


7:30 p.m. M.I.NT.

Running Time: 1h 30m

(Open Run) - $5, cash and credit at the door

A night of music improv teams performing is something quite different than any kind of improv showcase happening in Chicago. Join the improv community and the ever-expanding world of music improv. Several M.I.NT. Ensembles perform their own unique music improv show followed by a showcase act or an open-to-audience Music Improv JAM.

10 p.m. Thunderdome

Running Time: 1h 30m

(Open Run) - $3, cash only

Hosted by Carmen Christopher, Thunderdome is a comedy variety show featuring a new weekly line up of performers specializing in improv, ensemble/solo sketch, stand up, story-telling, tricks and more.


7:30 p.m. Nanniez

Running Time: 60m

(August 7 - 21) - $10, online sales, cash and credit at door

Nanniez is a musical sketch revue which explores the real life stories of what its like to be a full time nanny, starring Amber Linde, Kerri Morrison, Molly Todd and Lindy Voeltner, directed by Sabrina Harper and music directed by Mary Mahoney. At first glance life as a nanny may look like a leisurely day at the park, but these ladies spend their days cleaning up unidentified bodily fluids, settling arguments about who gets which Lego and dealing with Chicago traffic while having goldfish and shoes hurled at their heads from the back seat.

10 p.m. VAMP: An Improvised Musical Comedy Club

Running Time: 60m

(August 7 - September 25) - $10, online sales, cash and credit at door

Each week, hosts Keenan Camp and Brandon C. Price are joined by a rotating cast of two veteran musical comedians from around the city, as well as an up-and-coming performer from MCL Chicago's hit show, M.I.NT. for a classy evening of original and brand new, short form, musical improv games.


7:30 p.m. Silent Treatment featuring: BrAndi

Running Time: 60m

(August 8 - August 22) - $10, online sales, cash and credit at door

Silent Treatment stars heralded Chicago comedians and couple Rance Rizzuto and Deanna Moffitt performing scenes in silence set to an improvised soundtrack. The opening act is the female musical duo BrAndi, Bri Fitzpatrick and Andi Sharavsky.

9 p.m. Mansical

Running Time: 60m

(August 8 - September 19) - $15, online sales, cash and credit at door

It may be a man's world, but for too long the world of musical theatre has been dominated by the un-manly nonsense of scripts, sets, linear storylines, falling chandeliers and dancing girls. Not anymore. Using a single suggestion from the audience, the seven handsome men improvise a fully realized musical joy ride complete with absurd characters, hilarious Mansical songs, manly dancing and wigs.

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