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The ISC's Couplets Off the Cuff -

New York Times

1-19-16 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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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Die Onstage -

by Sir Patrick Stewart

11-21-14 Read Patrick Stewart's account of his first show with The ISC in American Theatre.



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Actors Take New Approach to Shakespeare -

The Concordian

1-22-14 The ISC recently toured to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Here is the write-up in The Concordian!

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company -

Edge Miami

10-23-13 The ISC just came back from a Florida tour where they stopped at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft Lauderdale.  Here's the review from Kathryn Ryan at Edge Miami who calls The ISC "one of the most enjoyable evenings this reviewer has had at the theatre in a very long tim...

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Shakespeare, without a Script -

The Bakersfield Californian

3-6-13 The ISC is exploring its roots!  They are heading to Blaine Swen's high school in his hometown, Bakersfield, CA.  Here is the write-up anticipating the show in The Bakersfield Californian.

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At this Show, the Bard Meets 'Whose Line' -

The Des Moines Register

5-4-12 Joey Bland was interviewed by The Des Moines Register in anticipation of The ISC's upcoming run at the Temple Theater.  Read it here!

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company - www.pieuvre.ca

Un apercu

7-18-2009 La Pieuvre était à l’aperçu de presse du spectacle de l’Improvised Shakespeare Co. en provenance de Chicago dans le cadre du festival Zoofest de Montréal. Vous connaissiez les Lost Fingers avant leur fulgurante montée des derniers douze mois ou vous aur...

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Bard for Life - The Hour (Montreal, Canada)

The Improvised Shakespeare Company spins hilarious brand-new yarns from notorious Olde World words

7-16-2009 Friends, readers, Montrealers, lend me your ears. Our fairest of cities hath produced yet another festival celebration, henceforth known as Zoofest, to chase away the darkness of men's souls with the sunshine of timely guffaws.Phew, writing like Shakespeare is hard, and Blaine Swen is someone who's ...

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company - The Onion

5-8-2009 Anyone who still needs convincing that improv can produce an independent piece of capital-A Art would do well to see The Improvised Shakespeare Company. This cast of visiting Chicagoans produces entire plays utilizing the standard tropes and antiquated language of Shakespeare. As a team, it’s ...

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Improvised Shakespeare adds fresh, comedic turns to Bard's turf - The Canadian Press

4-21-2009 MONTREAL — Many people might think twice about perusing a Shakespeare play, much less improvising one. But Blaine Swen and his merry band of Improvised Shakespeare Co. players take to the stage with relish, firing out Elizabethan bon mots in the course of a one-hour show that has been describ...

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Improvised Shakespeare takes time to perfect act: - Chicago Tribune

There’s rhyme, reason and a method used by mad-about-Bard improvisers

3-30-2009 Improvisation and preparation would seem, by definition, diametrical opposites. How, then, to explain the lads (no ladies, as in Shakespeare’s day) of The Improvised Shakespeare Co., who may be the most elaborately prepared improv members in Chicago, if not anywhere? Showcased in the coveted F...

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Hilariously Entertaining - The Examiner

9-28-2008 ISC founder Blaine Swen has assembled quite possibly the most handsome, winning, smartest, wittiest, silly, talented, ambitious, intelligent troupe in Chicago. They completely improvise a Shakespearean play complete with references, archetypes, allusions, and sometimes even iambic pentameter. Sure E...

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Best show, overall - TimeOut New York

Reporting on UCB’s Del Close Marathon

8-10-2008 Oh, it’s no contest. The boys of Improvised Shakespeare completely stole the evening—even getting a standing ovation from the crowd. They performed for an hour, weaving a story about an incestuous king, his impregnated daughter and the poor farm boy who saves her (and England!). The chem...

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Check out Improvised Shakespeare Company right now - TimeOut Chicago

4-13-2007 Seriously: Check out Improvised Shakespeare Company right now. There’s really nothing quite like it in the city of Chicago. Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious. Even if you don’t know much about the man in the cape (er, you’re not alone), this two-act show is still highly enj...

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Chicago's Improvised Shakespeare Company - Charleston City Paper

hones its Piccolo Fringe act to a fare thee well

5-31-2006 Charleston City Paper May 31, 2006 Chicago's Improvised Shakespeare Company hones its Piccolo Fringe act to a fare thee well by Patrick Sharbaugh William Shakespeare was best loved, not by the highbrow cultural elitists of his time, but by the poor slobs who comprised the bulk of his audience....

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Seven strapping men in swashbuckler shirts - The Chicago Reader

“Critics Choice” – March 31, 2006

3-31-2006 Seven strapping men in swashbuckler shirts improvise a two-act Shakespearean play based on a title suggested by the audience. At the show I saw, ‘The Taming of the Jew’ inspired the Bard’s usual themes (religion, family, betrayal) and plot devices (murders, disguises, fortunes gai...

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“…the show channels Monty Python as often as the Bard, and frequently with sly-witted results.”

The Chicago Tribune


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