LAKE VIEW — A new theater started by veterans of the New York and Chicago comedy scenes is hosting a grand opening this week.
While Under The Gun Theater moved into a space at 956 W. Newport Ave. in the Links Hall Building over the summer, it secured performing arts and liquor licenses from the city in November. It had been asking for donations for performances at its 90-seat theater previously, but it's official grand opening is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday.
The theater was started by Kevin Mullaney, former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater in New York, and Angie McMahon, founding director of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy and a faculty member of The Second City. Mullaney also taught at iO Theater in Chicago.
The Under the Gun Ensemble, which features 18 men and 18 women, will perform Thursday.
"We are very proud of our new ensemble," Mullaney said in a written statement. "They are some of the best improvisors in Chicago. ... We are excited to share their talents with Chicago."
The performance will include “Comedy Against Humanity, a live show for horrible people ... interactive show based on the game 'Cards Against Humanity,'" the theater said.
Tickets are $30 and available at www.undertheguntheater.com.
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