Image by Chuck Boyd
Well, not really an actual Japanese meal but The Reckoning improv group asked the audience for one word for the entire show. That word Sunday at 9 p.m. was Sushi.
Theatre 99 - host of the 10th annual Piccolo Fringe - offered the famed 6-member Chicago troupe a bare stage and several folding metal chairs. They brought everything else.
The folding chairs became a tiny Japanese restaurant and patrons were asked to sit close together. Then even closer. Get closer, a table is being added. Private, intimate conversations were shared as were the various seafoods.
Then the chairs became a casket display room, Robin Hood welcomed everyone to "The Hood" and the scene shifted to Kindergarten, a teacher's break room with a smoking principal and then a princely "Royal" interviewed a nervous potential bride.
"It's not that I'm deaf, my dear, I'm a man and I seldom listen when you talk," he explained.
Of course the hiliarious hour returned us to sushi.
The Reckoning was on a roll.
Unfortunately Sunday's show was their last show for the festival.