February Insider Spotlight: Susan Emery
Welcome back to our Insider Spotlight. Each month we’ll be profiling some of Chicago’s most avid theater-goers to get the inside scoop on why they love Chicago theater, what shows they’re looking forward to, and what they recommend you check out. This month, we’re excited to introduce you to Susan Emery.
Susan is an event manager who lives in Humboldt Park and studies improv in her spare time.
TodayTix: Why do you love theater in Chicago?
Susan: I’ve always loved theater, but theater in Chicago, specifically, because it’s so accessible and there’s a diversity in types of performances you can experience. From scripted, improv to obscure, you really have the opportunity to open yourself to new types of performance.
TodayTix: If you had a friend looking for a date night recommendation — what theater company would you recommend they check out?
Susan: The Improvised Shakespeare Company is great for a date night. It’s hilarious, most people are familiar with either Shakespeare or the time period, and the great cast almost guarantees a solid show. Improv can be hit or miss depending on the person, and script theater won’t always keep everyone engaged, especially if it’s too heavy for a date night.
TodayTix: Can you tell us about a recent theater experience you had that inspired you?
Susan: Jimmy and Johnnie at Second City was fantastic. I’ve been studying improv, so it was great to see veterans go above and beyond in utilizing what the improv program teaches you. They really raise the stakes, the characters are hilarious and invested in the scene, and the object work makes you feel like there are actual props on the stage. It really proved to me you have all you need is your own body, mind, and skills to create an engaging scene for the audience.
TodayTix: Are there any shows you’re particularly looking forward to this season?
TodayTix: What was the first show you ever saw?
Susan: The first show I ever saw was actually Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the 9th grade. It’s what sparked my love of theater. Now the first show I actually paid to watch? That was probably A Raisin in the Sun.