“It gets dimmer.”

That's it -- that's as much light as there was.

Danny’s Tavern in Wicker Park is a house that’s been converted into a bar. It still has the comfortable feel of hanging out at a house party (though evidently back in the day you could hang out in the “kitchen” or on the back balcony). It’s also the the site of a monthly reading series. A couple weeks ago, my old Kids Around the World teammate John Beer emailed me and asked if Bare, my two-man improv group, would be interested in doing a special comedy version of their reading series. “Sounds great.”

Shaun and I (and Erica) showed up last night promptly at 6:45 to discover that place was still locked, so we had some chicken (a little dry, but tasty. excellent mashed potatoes) at Nick’s Pit Stop around the corner.
Back at Danny’s, we met John’s co-host (whose name I unfortunately can’t remember). “Here,” he said, pointing to a small area beside the DJ booth, “is where we usually put the readers. Will it be enough space?”

I looked around. It was enough space — one of our first shows was on a stand-up club stage that was about 5×10′ — but I was a little concerned about how dark it was — candles and two lamps with yellow bulbs and a single yellow-bulbed track-light were all the light in the room. It was hard to make out his face. “Can it get any brighter in here?” I asked.
“Actually,” he said, “it gets dimmer.”


And, actually, the show went fine. John and his co-host managed to swing one more track light at the “stage”. We kept the jumping around to a minimum and concentrated on verbal humor. And the audience was very attentive to our mangling of the life of James Joyce. And we got to say hello to Jessa.

But still. “It gets dimmer.” Lordy.

1 Comment so far

  1. Susan G (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2004 @ 11:47 am

    When Danny’s opened, it used to be basically just a house that somebody plunked a bar down into the front of. The kitchen was upstairs and even had dishes in the cupboards. Of course everyone always ended up there!
    The bar had that wonderful “house party” vibe. I seldom venture out that way anymore. “Dimmer” is an understatement, particularly since the influx of condos and lofts in that area.
    I’m glad your show was well received!

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