They did not view the Ark as a place to be taught but came with the excitement of children at Christmas. They arrived with an expectation to play and experience in a carnival of creative possibility – that is really what Ark offered. Little did they know they were learning at the same time.
Time seems to separate us, one from the other, yet there is joy in spirit that is eternal. So, from time to time I want to share the workings and wanderings of some playful people who sailed for some years at the Ark Improvisational Theatre.
Second City alumnus and Sit n Spin regular Jimmy Doyle has been called “cranky, cracked, queer (and Catholic)” by the Chicago Reader. He’s still cranky, cracked and queer, but Episcopalian now. Sort of. Married? Working? MUST BE NICE.
Following his sold-out preview performance at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson, Jimmy brings his one-man show “Must Be Nice” to the fanaticSalon. Directed by fellow Second City alum and fanaticSalon co-founder Jane Morris! Two nights, November 11th and 18th. See you there!
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Sex Talk: Jimmy Doyle
By Jack Helbig
Cranky, cracked, queer, cuddly Catholic comic Jimmy Doyle has the knack. He knows how to confide in an audience, how to entertain even while stripping his soul bare–revealing his deepest fears, his most tender vulnerabilities, his tortured childhood, suicidal mom, insensitive blue-collar dad-and entertain us at the same time. In his current show, part of Prop Theatre’s late night “Sex Talk” series, Doyle describes in excruciatingly honest detail his ongoing breakup with a boyfriend: the bouts of loneliness, the sense of abandonment, the fear of being sexually unattractive. Yet everything this former Second City member says earns him laughter, and he grins along with us, happy to amuse with his tales of that poor fuck Jimmy Doyle. See, he seems to say with every bittersweet line, solo performance is easy: all you have to do is stand onstage and open a vein. Unlike all too many self-absorbed autobiographical monologuists, Doyle knows how to spend an hour discussing his most intimate secrets and leave the audience begging for more. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, 486-7767. Friday, April 19, 11 PM; Saturday, April 20, midnight. $10. –Jack Helbig