Second City 42ND REVUE: GASLIGHT DISTRICT Review – Truth Zone

When you’ve got a craving for some fantastic late night comedy, Second City is among the best places to go in Chicago. With their latest and greatest 42ND REVUE: GASLIGHT DISTRICT we’re in for a night of sick burns, gender aliens, and a whole lot of laughs!

Second City’s Fast Paced Balancing Act

GASLIGHT DISTRCIT stays pretty in tune with a classic revue form. We’ve got songs, skits, and improv all wrapped up in a nice, neat, two hour show. These sketches range from a couple minutes to short, quippy one-liners, all focusing on culturally relevant conversations.

Of course the topic of every news cycle is our current political state so how could we not get some hot takes on today’s hot topics - Trump impersonations and all. However, rest assured GASLIGHT DISTRICT balances the political with less poignant sketches like a school field trip gone awry when the teachers are asleep.

Type-Cast Cast

The cast of the Second City’s GASLIGHT DISTRICT  introduces themselves with “standard” labels - the ethnically ambiguous one, the tall skinny one, etc. - but these comedians are anything but standard. They play into their given stereotypes with satire and jokes that embrace who they are.

Like Emily Fightmaster might be described as a “palatable lesbian,” but dress her up in some tin foil and give her a solo and she becomes a gender alien star!

And at the same time, their out-of-the-box character work is astounding. Katie Kershaw goes from “thicc,” crop top wearing girl to a sweaty, crotch adjusting, meaty baseball player without batting an eye. Besides their individual talents shining through, the entire cast also works seamlessly as a unit. They complement each other and each of their skits land the punchline every time.

Entering the Truth Zone

GASLIGHT DISTRICT is a great combination of topical comedy that fits into the overall theme of the show with entering the “truth zone.” The show has some thought provoking moments that pack just the right amount of punch without hitting their audience over the head with it.

It covers a wide range of topics and never slows down for an instant. GASLIGHT DISTRICT is a good pick for those looking for a hilarious night out and like mixing their politics with humor.


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Note: An excerpt of this review appears in Theatre in Chicago


Now through September 2, 2018
Thursdays at 8pm
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and 11pm
Sundays at 7pm


Second City’s e.t.c Theater
230 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614


Anneliese Toft
Jacob Shuda
Laura Hum



Tickets can be purchased by phone at 312-337-3992 or on Second City’s website


Emily Fightmaster
Sayjal Joshi
Katie Kershaw
Andrew Knox
Alan Linic
Jasbir Singh Vazquez

Photos by

Timothy M. Schmidt

Alexis Bugajski Photo: Liz Lin

About the Author

Alexis is a theater reviewer, travel bug, media specialist, and burger & beer enthusiast. During the day she works in the advertising business as a senior communications designer. When night falls, or when she can escape to New York, she’s hitting the theaters to see as many shows as she can. And whenever she’s not at her desk or in the audience, she’s out seeking the best burger and beer offerings in Chicago.

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