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ComedySportz

"ComedySportz" comes to Theatre at the Center on Saturday.

Bruce Phillips, stage manager and performing member of Chicago’s “ComedySportz,” is quick to describe - and clarify - what he and his ensemble bring to the stage.

“People will wonder if it means it’s a comedy about sports,” he said. “It’s not a show that’s about sports. It’s comedy that’s played as if it were a sport.”

Making its way to Munster’s Theatre at the Center on Saturday, “ComedySportz” is the brainchild of CSz Chicago.

Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood at 929 W. Belmont Ave., CSz has provided laughs for comedy fans of all ages for more than three decades and hosts “ComedySportz” performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Phillips, who resides in the Windy City and has performed for ensembles such as Steppenwolf Garage and Annoyance Theatre over the course of his decade-plus career, has been a CSz “ComedySportz” performer for nearly half a decade.

In addition to lending his talents to performances at the group's Lakeview home base, Phillips has taken “Sportz” on the road to venues throughout the Midwest.

“The show travels really great, and I think being able to take that show and bring it to other folks is part of what theater is,” he said.

“’ComedySportz’ has always been a great place to do improv for real people. Chicago is a great place for improvisation and it has a lot of great players, but ‘ComedySportz’ has really great audiences.”

A crew of seven performers and a musician are scheduled to make their way to Theatre at the Center for ‘ComedySportz.’ Split into teams, the performers will face off in a myriad of improv excercises, including competitions found on “Whose Line is it Anyway” as well as contests created by CSz.

As with athletics, the teams are awarded points and penalized where deemed necessary. The teams battle through each skit with the hopes of being heralded the victor of the evening’s festivities.

“There’s a wide breadth of skills you have to have when you do different types of improv, (such as) scenic skills and character skills,” Phillips said. “With ‘ComedySportz,’ you have to be able to do it all.”

A taco bar dinner option also will be available during CSz’s “ComedySportz” at the Center.

For more on CSz Chicago, go to CSZCHICAGO.COM

FYI “ComedySportz” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets for the taco bar are an additional $17 for adults; $12 for children 12 and younger. A cash bar also will be available. Call 219-836-1839 or visit THEATREATTHECENTER.COM.

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