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Elizabeth backstage at Second City

This weekend was a bit of a nostalgia trip. Saturday evening, my husband and I went to see our son’s college improv troupe perform at The Second City.

Back in the mid to late 1980s, I lived in the nearby Lincoln Park neighborhood, took improv classes, and had the thrill of appearing in a couple of shows at The Second City. These were student shows, not the professional troupe, but being backstage in the same cramped room where John Belushi, Bill Murray and other legends once hung out, is something I’ll never forget.

The Second City’s home at Piper’s Alley looks a lot different (read, nicer) than it did back then, with small theaters, rehearsal rooms and collaborative work spaces on the upper floors. The auditorium-style seats in the photo above have probably made a great backdrop for more than one cast picture.

The best part was watching my 20-year-old son onstage doing improv, something he started his freshman year of high school. Improv is equal parts fun and terrifying. Some nights it works, some nights it doesn’t and you don’t know the next line until you’re saying it. My son and his teammates rocked it, and gave a great show. My husband and I couldn’t have been prouder.

Gabe backstage at Second City

So here’s to the next generation of improv in the family! I can’t wait for the next show.

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