Although it was recently reported that the famed improvisational comedy theatre would ends its lengthy run Nov. 2, the group just announced that they will play through New Year's Eve. In a statement, Artistic Director Paul Zuckerman said, "We plan to play through New Year's Eve at least and then we will take it from there. I work with a wonderful team of individuals and I truly feel lucky. Everyone wanted to pitch in and help." Support for the theatre — from theatre and improv communities — followed last week's surprise announcement. The theatre's landlord also helped the group. Said Zuckerman, "He really understood the situation from a business standpoint and cut us some slack."
The troupe was formed in Chicago in 1977 by George Todisco and other performers in workshop at Chicago's legendary Second City. Todisco, who died in 1981, served as artistic director and producer for the troupe during its early years. After moving to Manhattan a year later, the group began appearing in nightspots and comedy clubs, eventually moving Off- Broadway (1980) to the Jan Hus Playhouse and, currently, their own theatre (on First Ave. and 61st St. in New York). For over 15 years the troupe has also been offering workshops in improvisational theatre for both beginners and seasoned performers.
Previous Chicago City Limits titles have included CCL With Clam Sauce; He She and It; X The Roman Numeral; Scandals of '89; Saddam You're Rockin' the Boat; The Official Comedy Team of the 1992 Olympics; Lame Duck Soup, Let Loose the Dogs of Improv and @ChicagoCityLimits.comedy.
Chicago City Limits currently performs at 1105 First Avenue at 61st Street; call (212) 888-5233 for tickets. For more information, visit http://chicagocitylimits.com.