“One of the funniest shows I’ve seen in Chicago in a while. The ensemble truly shined in the musical numbers... under the outstanding musical direction of Jesse Case—who also wrote all of the original music.” - Chicago Stage Standard
"A Red Line Runs Through It features a lot of music that is integral to the show as a whole... Some of the best sketches involve singing, such as a political rap battle, an ironic love song to Rahm Emmanuel, and an improvised song based upon a suggestion (in this case, crazy drivers), among several others. Compliments to Jesse Case." - Chicago Critic
A 2016 JEFF AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST REVUE
On the eve of Trump's election and Obama's departure, The Second City e.t.c.'s 40th revue turned its gaze homeward, into the heart of Chicago, where it found a deep undercurrent of anger and revolutionary fury running through the city - from Rahm Emmanuel's mansion in Ravenswood to the Wilson Red Line to the illegal CPD Black Site at Homan Square to 4100 South Pulaski Road where they shot Laquan MacDonald. The show pulls no punches and spares no honkeys, and also Kim Jong Un shows up and convinces some singing brunchgoers to kill their waiter, so that's fun.
Featuring Laura Demming on Cello.
"Active Underscoring" refers to music that can underscore live actors, adjusting in real time to improvisation and performance-to-performance variation. It's composed to run in QLab in stems, a bit like a video game soundtrack that responds to the actions of the player.