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Briana Hansen; Chicago

4 Stars

This one-woman series of sketches has a misleading name; it

is not a memoir at all, and has no feminist undertones. Briana Hansen has a

well-rounded arsenal of excellent improv, decent sociopolitical satire, pretty

good pop-culture bashing and the best crowd interaction I have seen in a very

long time. She is impossible not to like, with an engaging, fast-paced comedic

style and positive motifs. A couple of her characters fell short of others, but

she has a wealth of charismatic confidence on stage — and in the crowd

— that inspires trust and eagerness in her audience.

Phoenix Theatre: Friday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 6:00 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m.


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