In a remount of their well-received 2011 improv format, Playground Theater ensemble member K.C. Redheart once again takes the audience through “the entire process of bringing a show to the stage, ” breaking the action into three parts: the initial table read, a tech rehearsal and opening night. Working from an audience suggestion of the title of a show that has never been written or produced, the troupe (all sporting blank paper “scripts”) kicks off sitting in a semi-circle with the “director” welcoming his “cast” and letting them introduce themselves. This is where the audience first gets a glimpse of the characters who will be playing the characters (so meta!) in this forty-five-minute show-within-a-show. Along the way, the improvisers use their own experience to flavor the rehearsal process with director’s notes, off-stage relationships interfering with scene dynamics and theatrical hubris. The result is a piece with genuine character-building and enough laughs to rival any scripted show. The Playground is always BYOB and “Out of Character” plays in tandem with “Process.” (Zach Freeman)
The Playground Theater, 3209 North Halsted, (773)871-3793. $10. Through February 10.