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My Refuge House Benefit Show

Friday, November 11, 2016

10-14-16

Much Ado for My Refuge House: An Evening with The Improvised Shakespeare Co.® in LOS ANGELES, CA MUCH ADor MY REFUGE HOUSEAn Evening with The Improvised Shakespeare Co.   ...

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ISC in the LA Times

6-13-16

Lisa Rosen, of the LA Times, sat down with your favorite Elizabethan boy band to dish about the "mad genius" of The ISC and the "Beatlemaniacal" scene at the Largo in Los Angeles...oh, and Menudo!

Read all about it HERE!

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New Saturday Late Night Shows!

The ISC Adds a Fifth Weekly Show

1-23-16

The Improvised Shakespeare Co. is adding another show on Saturday nights at iO Chicago!  Starting in February you will have FIVE chances every week to catch The ISC at iO's beautiful new venue on 1501 N Kingsbury St.  Now you can see a fully improvised Shakspearean masterpiece on: Thu...

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ISC in The NY Times!

1-22-16

New York Times comedy columnist, Jason Zinoman, took time to catch The ISC's "intricate, erudite brand of improvisation" this week.  After watching a few shows in "packed theaters with an atmosphere more like a rock club than a repertory house" HERE is what he had to say...

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The ISC New Year's Eve Spectacular!

12-30-15

Let's party like it's 1599! Join us at iO Chicago (1501 N Kingsbury St.) on New Year's Eve for a special ISC show designed to send out 2015 in Elizabethan style!  The show starts at 8pm (running time approx 90min).  Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets HERE.  Or call the iO...

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New Saturday Shows!

8-22-15

The Improvised Shakespeare Co. is coming to Saturday nights at iO Chicago!  Starting in September you will have 4 chances every week to catch The ISC at iO's beautiful new venue on 1501 N Kingsbury St.  Now you can see a fully improvised Shakspearean masterpiece on: Thursdays at 8pm F...

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The New iO is OPEN!!!!

8-12-14

The Improvised Shakespeare Company will resume home shows at the new iO Theater beginning Thursday, August 14!!!  The ISC will have shows every Thursday at 8pm and every Friday at 8pm & 10:30pm. Come check out the new space at 1501 N. Kingsbury St with 4 brand new stages, full bars, and a ...

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Thomas Middleditch talks ISC on Seth Meyers

4-10-14

ISC's own Thomas Middleditch promoted his new HBO show, Silicon Valley, on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Watch him talk to Seth about The Improvised Shakespeare Company here! nbc.com

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Patrick Stewart Joins The ISC for a Mind-Blowing Show in New York!

1-11-13

New York City The rumors are true!  On January 10, Patrick Stewart joined Blaine, Joey, Brendan, Greg, and Ross as the ISC's first ever guest performer.  No one in the sold out audience at Theatre 80 St Marks had any clue what was in store until the lights came up and Stewart was stan...

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More ISC Videos!

7-28-11

Need an ISC fix?  Check out brand new videos of The ISC in our VIDEO GALLERY.  There you can catch clips of our regular home shows at the iO Theater in Chicago.  You can also catch glimpses of us on the road at places like the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal or the Del Close Mara...

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Thomas Middleditch in Variety Magazine!

7-26-11

The ISC's very own Thomas Middleditch was recently featured in Variety magazine as one of 10 comics to watch.  Check out the full article here!

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New Review for The ISC!

7-15-11

Check out this great new review by one of the Chicago Reader's Culture Vultures! "The lights dimmed and the cast invited us to suggest titles that would become the story arc of the night's show. "Macdeath," "The Merry Wives of Wrigley," "As Your Mom Likes It!,&...

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The Apiary Interviews Blaine Swen

5-5-11

Check out this new interview with ISC founder and director, Blaine Swen, on New York's "The Apiary"!  And if you're in NYC on May 6 or 7, be sure to check us out at Theatre 80 St Marks.  For more details visit our SHOWS page!



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The ISC in The Huffington Post!

1-31-11

Check out this Huffington Post article where Danny Groner says, "It's the most incredible use of the improv form I've ever seen on the stage."  Thanks, Danny!  We agree ;)

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ISC Founder, Blaine Swen, Named Best Improviser in Chicago

6-27-10

Congrats to our founder and director (and performer too), Blaine Swen, for being named The Best Improviser in Chicago by the Chicago Reader!!!    Now, we'll never hear the end of it.

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CIF to Honor the ISC as Ensemble of the Year!

3-10-2010

Chicago Improv Festival Productions has announced that it will honor The Improvised Shakespeare Company as the CIF 2010 Ensemble of the Year. The CIF Awards Night will be on Wednesday, April 21 at The Second City ETC, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Susan Messing will be honored as the CIF 2010 Improv...

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The ISC Nominated for an ECNY Award!

2-9-2010

We are pleased to announce that the ISC is a nominee for the ECNY Award for "Best Improv Group". Each year the ECNY Awards honor the best in New York City comedy. This year the ISC has been nominated for its several runs in NYC throughout 2009. The winner of each ECNY Award is dete...

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The ISC to Perform at the 38th Annual Conference of the Shakespeare Association of America

1-22-2010

The ISC is pleased to announce that it will be performing at the 38th Annual Conference of The Shakespeare Association of America in Chicago, IL. The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) is a non-profit, academic organization devoted to the study of William Shakespeare and his plays and poems, t...

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View Our Photo Galleries

Now you can look at us even more

1-21-2010

Check us out. No really, check us out on our site. We now have photo galleries up.View photo galleries.

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The ISC New Year's Eve Spectacular!



Let’s party like it’s 1599!  Join us at iO Chicago on New Year’s Eve for a special Improvised Shakespeare Company show designed to send out 2016 in Elizabethan style!  GAMES! PRIZES! And MORE!  It’s The ISC NYE SPECTACULAR! $16 – Shows at 8 & 10pm...

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