By Zach Manges
A belated winter gloom may be settling in, but luckily for residents, an opportunity for some good belly laughs to ease the woe is fast approaching.
Zionsville will play host to the nationally renowned comedy troupe The Second City on Feb. 7. The comedy troop is making its fourth appearance in town on its new “Happily Ever Laughter” tour.
“We definitely want to bring something fresh and new,” Cast Member Erin Lann said. “This running order specifically is fun because it has so much new material and some old favorites that haven’t been seen for a while. There will be lots of physical comedy that people can look forward to.”
From its inception by Paul Sills, Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City has flouted the convention of stuffy theatre by appealing to all generations of viewers. The comedy group also sets itself apart from others of its kind through a format that includes a range of both scripted and improvisational sketches. Even the prewritten sections of the show include some improvisation to keep the audience and the performers guessing. According to Lann, this benefits not only viewers, but the cast members as well.
“The fact that we have improvisation in all our sketches is paramount. No one can anticipate or plan what will happen, so that’s a fun aspect to it,” Lann said. “It’s not like theatre plays where an actor just fills a role. Here it’s material they’ve created, so the chemistry is undeniable. Every actor has a poignant view and you just want to watch them (all).”
“Improvisation keeps theatre extremely relevant and successful because you can see the show 20 nights in a row and each is still going to be unique,” Lann said. “You can’t explain what’s funny to someone. You just have to go see it for yourself.”
Second City’s “Happily Ever Laughter” tour ● 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 ● Zionsville Performing Arts Center ● 1000 Mulberry St. in Zionsville ● Tickets start at $17 ● For more information call 873-3355 or visit pac.zcs.k12.in.us