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The Second City e.t.c's 40th Revue: A Red Line Runs Through It
The Second City e.t.c's 40th Revue: A Red Line Runs Through It

About The Show


A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life’s tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news.  This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.

Thursday - Sunday nights and evenings.
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Written and/ or Performed By:
Lisa Beasley*, Adrienne Brown, Aasia LaShay Bullock*, Peter Kim*, Katie Klein*, Andrew Knox, Julie Marchiano*, Scott Morehead*, Ericka Ratcliff

Directed By: Matt Hovde

Music Director: Jacob Shuda

Musical Direction, Original Music, Sound Design: Jesse Case

Stage Manager: Laura Hum

This performance runs about 2 hours with one 10 minute intermission and should be considered rated R.

*Denotes member of original ensemble.


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admirably of my favorite of the e.t.c. shows of the last 20 years. For it is exceptionally well-written. 

3 ½ out of 4 stars: CHRIS JONES 
Chicago Tribune 

“They’re funny in their audacity...Matt Hovde has another winner here, slick and fast-paced...Diversifying its casts has been a Second City goal for a while, and with this one we have a group that can hit hard on issues of race and gender without it seeming icky. 

Highly Recommended: DAREL JEVENS 
Chicago Sun-Times 

The new Second City e.t.c. show “A Red Line Runs Through It” is a show for Chicago. 

Top 10 Things to Do: HANK SARTIN 
Crain's Chicago Business 

It’s encouraging to see that the next generation of sketch comedians is looking more like the Beasleys and Bullocks and Marchianos. We need more performers who bring a fresh perspective—not to mention a good old-fashioned Notorious RBG hip-hop breakdown. 

Chicago Reader 

"A Red Line Runs Through It" is where you should be tonight. 

Highly Recommended: AUGUST LYSY 
Chicago Critic 

“a hilarious show, tackling a range of political and social problems without losing its humor. The strong material is backed by a great set and a talented cast.” 

RYAN FLEISHMAN, Chicago Maroon