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Theatre Wed Mar 31 2010

I Saw You @ Town Hall Pub

We're all lonely, right? Sure we are. That's why it's so much fun to make fun of lonely people. Bruised Orange Theatre Company understands this, exploiting it to hilarious degrees with I Saw You, running weekly at Lakeview's Town Hall Pub (3340 N Halsted).


Photo by Cassandra Stadnicki

I Saw You lifts text taken verbatim from Chicago-area personal ads and places them into the mouths of a rotating slate of actors who bring these characters (and their sad, sad pleas) to life for our amusement. The show is broken into three parts, going from the cute innocence of I Saw You to the sadly serious Seeking to the almost unbearably perverse X-Matches (mature audiences only, please). The night I saw it gave us a professional wrestler looking for "something casual" and a "tall cowboy" looking for friendship (not to mention several X-rated fantasies that should never be repeated).

There's plenty of beer on hand (which the cast doesn't shy away from), and the material is played with a raucous and unflinching comic intensity, though not without a dollop of honesty. Even in the midst of the most depraved cries for companionship we can relate to that universal desire for human connection; so hilariously pathetic, but so close to home.

I Saw You runs Wednesdays (including tonight!) at the Town Hall Pub. Tickets are $5 and only available at the door. Check out the Bruised Orange website for more information.

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