Spotlight: Metropolis, Chicago Improv start 2020 on a humorous note

  • Tracie Taylor, left, and Laura Resinger play the parents of a young boy (Saniyah As-Salaam), center, in the post-apocalyptic drama "Thirst" at Strawdog Theatre Company.

    Tracie Taylor, left, and Laura Resinger play the parents of a young boy (Saniyah As-Salaam), center, in the post-apocalyptic drama "Thirst" at Strawdog Theatre Company. Courtesy of Jon Cole Media

 
 
Updated 12/31/2019 11:12 AM

Funny business

The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre kicks off 2020 with back-to-back comedy shows. Mike Toomey returns to the theater with his solo show, "TV & Me," a nostalgic look at how television shaped his life. Comedian Andy Woodhull, who's appeared on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" and "The Tonight Show," performs "An Evening With Andy Woodhull and Friends."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Mike Toomey performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30, $35. Andy Woodhull and friends perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. $35, $45. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

More comedy

"Last Comic Standing" season 8 winner Rod Man, who got his start doing open mic nights at an Atlanta comedy club, headlines the Chicago Improv this weekend.

7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $28-$38, plus a two-item food or beverage minimum. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com.

Midwest premiere

Strawdog Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of "Thirst," C.A. Johnson's post-apocalyptic drama about two women and their son who survive a war and a subsequent water shortage then find themselves in conflict with a local politician. Andrea J. Dymond directs.

Previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago. The show opens Jan. 13. $18-$55. (773) 644-1380 or strawdog.org.

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