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Playground Performer Spotlight: Nick McDowell

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Performer Spotlight! Every so often, The Playground Theater likes to highlight a performer and give them a moment to talk about their time and feelings in comedy. This week, we’ve chosen to give the spotlight to Nick McDowell, a member of one of our Incubator teams-The Leftovers.

Q: What things have you been a part of at The Playground Theater?

A: College Night, Leftovers – Incubator Team, Kaleidoscope

Q: How long have you been performing?

A: 12...

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Playground Performer Spotlight: Jenny Wright!

Performer Spotlight! Every so often, The Playground Theater likes to highlight a performer and give them a moment to talk about their time and feelings in comedy. This week, we’ve chosen to give the spotlight to Jenny Wright, a member of one of our Incubator teams-The Leftovers.

Q: What things have you been a part of at The Playground?

A: I have been a part of the Incubator Program, Fresh Meat, a few one-off performances, the Mosaic...

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Cherub: Unwrapped!

Monday, December 9, 2019

This holiday season The Playground Theater has been blessed with beautiful, hilarious angel babies AKA Cherub. This wacky crew of goofs has been delighting audiences across the city of Chicago and The Playground has been lucky enough to have them over the last couple months. I, Lizzie Kaniecki, have had the pleasure of being their tech person throughout their shows at The Playground and I really and truly always look forward to their presence and...

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Phantom Pilots!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Everyone in entertainment knows about network pilot season, where hopeful creatives get their dreams crushed when their show doesn’t get picked up. There are thousands upon thousands of pilots sent off into the shadows of rejection every year. Lucky for you, some of these pilots have returned to the world and brought back to life at The Playground’s Phantom Pilots. Each week, they pick a show out of a book of rejected pilots and improvise...

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Kaleidoscope Celebrates Community!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

If you’re ever feeling like you’re stuck in a creative rut, The Playground’s own Kaleidoscope is the perfect show to pull you out of that funk. Kaleidoscope features three different teams of improvisers who have never performed together before, all inspired by a guest monologist. Each week, three captains are selected to put together a brand-spanking new team for the show. I asked Jonathan Lee-Rey, the host, to tell me a bit more about it.

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