Future of Second City is Strong With “Red Line”

The Second City's "A Red Line Runs Through It" is filled with hilarious perspectives that have been missing for too long in comedy.

Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

“Hamilton” and “Lemonade” have opened a world where all perspectives must be heard, The Second City’s “A Red Line Runs Through It” is filled with hilarious perspectives that have been missing for too long in comedy.

With four female cast members—two of them African American—one gay Asian male cast member, and one white male cast member, “A Red Line Runs Through It” has the most diverse ensemble I’ve ever seen at The Second City. This cast proves two things: diversity helps anything become better and especially funnier, and we’ve been missing these voices for too long. Don’t get me wrong, The Second City has always been delving into diverse topics and has had minority cast members before but never to this extent. It’s different to hear a mostly white cast talking about minority issues than hearing from someone who is impacted by the issue actually speak on it. In the case of The Second City, both instances will bring laughter but in the latter case it also brings a feeling of catharsis to those minorities in the audience. In “A Red Line Runs Through It” you will be laughing a lot but learning takes place too.

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Lisa Beasley, Katie Klein, Scott Morehead, Aasia Lashay Bullock, Peter Kim, and Julie Marchiano. Photo by Kirsten Miccoli.

When Peter Kim is playing a character who wants to celebrate his birthday in drag and his supportive straight friend, played by Scott Morehead, is attempting to get in drag for the party you’re not laughing at Kim for being in drag—because he is fierce in his dress—but you’re laughing at the turned tables as Morehead tries to adapt in a gay world.

Chicago plays heavily in the show especially in a song that takes down Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the Laquan McDonald video case and even pondering about when eventually something will be named after Emanuel—maybe a school. National politics also has it’s place in a funny sketch about political action committees and a “Hamilton”-like rap battle between President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the vacancy in the Supreme Court. “A Red Line Runs Through It” is a hilarious ride through the ails of our country.

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Scott Morehead with a poster of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in The Second City e.t.c. show
“A Red Line Runs Through It.” Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016.


“A Red Line Runs Through It” is now playing at The Second City’s e.t.c. stage located at 1616 N. Wells St. For more information on the show visit secondcity.com/shows/chicago/red-line-runs. Make sure to head to the new 1959 Kitchen and Bar located right next to the stage before or after the show where they are offering mouthwatering tacos, sliders, and other bar bites with a great beer, wine, and cocktail selection. For more information on 1959 Kitchen and Bar visit secondcity.com/1959.

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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