‘Great Altercations’ review: Patience a virtue of Second City show that lets the comedy breathe

Jordan Savusa (from left), Alex Bellisle, Terrance Carey, Laurel Krabacher, Claudia Martinez and Mark Campbell star in “Great Altercations” at Second City e.t.c.

Timothy M. Schmidt

There’s a hug midway through “Great Altercations” that happens and then keeps going. The two women hold their embrace for 10 … 15 … maybe 20 seconds. It’s not a joke and the audience knows it, staying silent until one of the huggers re-emerges with a gentle punchline.

It’s the culmination of a bit that starts funny, as a mom tells a favorite family story with a little bit of racism and her daughter (Claudia Martinez) calls her on it. The mom’s indignant but measured reaction is written deftly and acted with impact by Laurel Krabacher, and the scene slides gracefully into poignancy.

‘Great Altercations’

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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