“It's a night of Elizabethan tomfoolery that's not to be missed.”

“In short, outstanding.”

TimeOut Chicago


“staggeringly brilliant”

TimeOut Chicago


Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious. 

TimeOut Chicago



“It was one of the funniest, most amazing things I’ve ever seen.”

The Charleston City Paper Online  


“consistently hilarious”

The Chicago Reader


Critic’s Choice!

“Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets, and drop parodic phrases, and well-placed anachronisms.  Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously.”

The Chicago Reader


“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.”

-The Onion


“neither laughter nor amazement is short in supply”

-The Onion


Critic’s Pick!

Chicago Public Radio


“…indisputably great improv, fueled by smart plot development, stage chemistry and recognizable characters.”

Centerstage Chicago


“Don’t Miss Them.  Seriously.”

-TimeOut New York


One of Chicago’s most lauded pieces of live comedy.”  

-TimeOut New York


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

-The Chicago Tribune


“Quite possibly the most handsome, winning, smartest, wittiest, silly, talented, ambitious, intelligent troupe in Chicago”

-The Chicago Examiner


“on-the-spot soliloquies and perfect pentameter”

-The New York Times


“Any doubts about the amazingly talented Improvised Shakespeare Company have been dispelled by tears of laughter.”

-The Hour (Montreal)

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Celebrate NYE with The ISC!

Announcing the 2nd Annual: ISC NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR! Come and ring in the new year like it's 1594!  The ISC brings you a special evening of entertainment to say goodbye to 2014 and welcome the new year. We...

The New iO is OPEN!!!!

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 sp...

"staggeringly brilliant"

TimeOut Chicago

"Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious"

TimeOut Chicago

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