Funny plays about dating

The Windy City Playhouse has been waiting for a date with Neil Simon.

Since its founding a year or so ago, this theater in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood has wanted to offer a different kind of theatrical experience: one with comfy armchairs, signature cocktails and upscale bar snacks and, most important, a welcoming atmosphere for folks who prefer a nice date-night out in the neighborhood to some bizarre and alienating performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art. And "Chapter Two," one of Simon's best works and a comedy about second-time-around dating in middle age, fits that bill very well.

Imrprov or Improvisational Comedy is the art of acting out scenes, playing characters, or delivering dialogue on the spot. Improv games can be performed on stage as part of theater performances, played with students in classroom settings, or parties for various reasons including ice breaking fun, or helping with children’s confidence levels.

“The Dating Game” is a game appropriate for actors with at least some character experience, and is a fun game for an audience to watch.

(This is the only part of the game that may or may not be improvised.) Choose three actors to play potential dates or contestants for your bachelorette.

Especially if you're in or near the 'hood — and double-especially if you're on a later-in-life date, you'll likely enjoy yourself.

REVIEW: "Chapter Two" at Windy City Playhouse - 2.5 stars When: Through Dec.

There will be roles at Windy City that will be right for Rubenstein; Jennie Malone just does not happen to be one of them.

In the meantime, Rubenstein has to find a way to make us really pull more for her relationship with George, a point of audience identification on which this play really depends and the weak link in this production.

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