REVIEW: A Clown Car Named Desire @ The Second City

Controlled Chaos and Blissful Ignorance

AClownCarNamedDesireA Clown Car Named Desire just opened about a month ago on The Second City‘s e.t.c Stage. This sketch comedy show sheds honesty on the face of laughter as it takes the audience through the journey of self-discovery. Experiencing life at all ages and situations we manage through on a daily basis. From awkward breast pumping at the office to American Apparel employees who try too damn hard to be individuals to a sneak peak into a never released before Tennessee Williams play, this show will leave your heart happy and your face in pain from laughing for an hour and a half.

This cast is stellar and the ease with which they grace the stage is so fun and light-hearted. It’s the best. Brooke Breit’s delivery couldn’t be more spot on. Carisa Barreca (who was just named Chicago Reader’s Best Choreographer) is clearly a seasoned performer. Everything about her screams stardom and if her sheer presence wasn’t enough, her voice will prove my point. Punam Patel is a silent killer. Her character work is insane and her commitment to physicality keeps you wanting more. These ladies may be newcomers, but keep an eye on them, as I’m sure they will be shooting up the comedy ladder quickly. Veterans Michael Lehrer, Chris Witaske and Mike Kosinski each bring a unique voice and committed characters to the stage and offer a number of pleasant surprises. This show is a delicate blend of controlled chaos and blissful ignorance that spiral together and create a world that is all too familiar but simultaneously lends itself to unlimited discoveries.

(Originally appeared on Photo courtesy of The Second City.)


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