6 Feminist Reasons to See Second City’s New Show

The Second City theater company (yeah, the one that spawned stars like Tina Fey, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Steve Carell and countless other amazing comedy stars) has opened its 104th revue. “Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu” is exactly what you’d expect from this comedy giant: uproarious. There’s one big twist though — this show is über-feminist, in the best way possible. If you need more convincing to go see it, here are six girl-power-packed incentives.

Photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg.

1. There is a song about supporting Planned Parenthood. I REPEAT, A SONG ABOUT SUPPORTING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. If this doesn’t make you want to stand up and cheer, I don’t know what would. And every cast member has serious pipes, especially newcomer Rashawn Nadine Scott.

2. There are boob jokes. Lots and lots of boob jokes. Wait, you think that’s chauvinistic? Not when they’re written from the perspective of a woman with DD cups jumping double-dutch. Trust me on this one.

3. You’ll finally see women doing it all — playing racquetball, giving birth, nursing from both nipples (simultaneously!), doing power squats, forcing themselves to become allergic to gluten and buying breast implants from Whole Foods. Something we can all strive for, clearly.

4. Women catcalling men. Need I say more? Okay, I’ll say more: all the males in the audience were very uncomfortable and all the women in the audience were roaring their support. Take that, construction workers.

5. Three women take on a panel of men attempting to talk about the female experience. Sound familiar? These ladies say everything you’ve ever thought while listening to FOX News.

6. Women embracing their sexuality. Yes, we like sex and we want to have it — on our terms, our way. It doesn’t make you a scarlet woman; it just makes you a woman. And seeing it onstage kicks major patriarchal butt.


Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu” runs through April 16 at The Second City’s Chicago Mainstage, 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago. Buy tickets online or by calling the box office at 312-337-3992. 

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