Whether you like it or not a new generation has changed current culture. Sure you want to smack every twenty-year-old who sits through a dinner constantly on their phone with sunglasses on, but there are these pesky things called laws. You might have even seen yourself adapt these weird habits. Well, The Second City’s newest show let’s you laugh at society, and even help you get through it.
“Depraved New World” will have you laughing for two hours at the crazy things autocorrect makes us say, the “suave” thirteen-year old on Youtube teaching us about girls, and even the new body consciousness issues men are facing today. The cast perfectly plays up the absurdity of today’s first world problems through their sketches and even through masterful song and dance. Chelsea Devantez solo song will have you crying at the stupidity of internet quizzes.
Devantez isn’t the only star. In fact, not one cast member stood out above the rest because they all shine bright. Whether it be John Hartman’s transformation into that YouTube “sensation,” Mike Kosinki’s improv skills, Emily Walker’s characterization of a horse rider trainer, or Steve Waltien’s autotuned protest to relationship broadcasting, all of the cast will have you laughing. Even the few sketches that are taken from the previous mainstage review have improved. Specifically watch out for the update of Tawny Newsome’s seamstress sketch that will have you clapping fiercely.
What might set this revue apart from others is the through line of the voices in our heads who make us question every decision and new absurd habit. That through line while funny also allows the audience a second to think about the importance of that voice in your life and a new mantra: “Don’t ever turn off the voices.”
“Depraved New World” plays Tuesdays – Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. at The Second City Chicago mainstage located at 1616 N. Wells St. For more information visit secondcity.com.