by Myles Hutto
The Reckoning is a heavyweight on Chicago’s improv circuit for a reason. They’re good —really good. Hailing from the infamous Improv Olympic (iO) that boasts alumni such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers and the late Chris Farley, to say The Reckoning comes from good stock is an understatement.
The Reckoning is the longest-running improv group in Chicago and brought their tried and true brand of madness to the Theatre 99 stage. Their long form improv set can only be described as magical. The hour on stage kept the audience mesmerized and hungry for more. The worst part of the night was when the performers took a bow and the lights went down. The audience shuffled out reluctantly. They didn’t want the show to end but like the saying goes: All good things must come to an end.
Holly Laurent, Charlie McCrackin, Beau Golwitzer, and Eric Hunicutt comprised the foursome that made the trip from Chicago. Offstage, the troupe is as down to earth as they come, a stark contrast to their improvised stage personae that are as quirky as they are hilarious. All business on stage, they are anything but once the lights go down. When talking to them, the love of their craft is undeniable. They don’t just perform improv, they live it and love it. The quartet is part of a larger troupe that has been performing together for over seven years. Do yourself a favor and check out this show. You won’t be disappointed.