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A funny thing happened on the way to Second City

We saw three of our favorite funny girls on a quick trip to Chicago this weekend, where we caught the one-woman Grandma Mary Jane Show, now playing at the elegant Whitehall Rehabilitation Center; Katherine Biskupic on stage at Second City; and our funny little niece/cousin Erin, hosting a classic, sparkling pink fairy dusted sleepover for her tall cousin Charlie and us.

And that was just Friday night.

As we’ve mentioned before, Molly’s Grandma Mary Jane enjoys a sharp wit and a clever repartee. As she convalesces from an unfortunate fall, she has been entertaining guests at Whitehall. We popped in Friday afternoon and she took us on a quick tour of the place. “I’ll race you!” she said to a fellow guest as they made their way down the hallway, rehab walkers clicking side-by-side. She smoked the somewhat startled woman, then turned to us and said, “Look, no hands!” Mother of nine children, she is often asked how she dealt with the chaos. “Martinis,” she quips with a twinkle in her eye.

We left Grandma Mary Jane and headed downtown to see her equally funny, spunky granddaughter, Katherine on stage at Second City. It may seem incongruous for a classically trained Shakespearean actress to find herself on stage among the rollicking silliness of Second City, but our little mimic seemed right at home, which is good because William Shakespeare didn’t write for women and comedy writers often do.

We wrapped up a late night by tip toeing into the guest room area of Erin’s house, where in lieu of traditional mints on the pillows she left an array of welcoming stuffed animals and a prepared tea set for us. How sweet, we thought, until she spent most of the next morning turning us into polar bears and ordering us into caves she’d created on beds and in closets scattered throughout the house.

We treasure the time we get to spend with the funny girls in our lives because, as one of our favorite literary characters, Elizabeth Bennett said, we “dearly love to laugh.”

We found lots of laughs here, with the cast of Mutiny on the Short Bus.

We found lots of laughs here at Second City, with the cast of Mutiny on the Short Bus.

But, before that, we enjoyed front row seats at the one-woman Grandma Mary Jane Show.

But, before that, we enjoyed front row seats at the one-woman Grandma Mary Jane Show.

A skit highlighting social media silliness was one of our favorites.

A skit highlighting social media silliness was one of our favorites.

Cheers to the cast and writers of Mutiny on the Short Bus!

Cheers to the cast and writers of Mutiny on the Short Bus!

And cheers to Katherine, who embodied the words of one of the first Shakespearean characters she ever played, "Oh Brave New World, that has such people in 't!"

And cheers to Katherine,  the tall one in the middle, who, on a famed improv stage, embodied the words of one of the first Shakespearean characters she ever played, “Oh Brave New World, that has such people in ‘t!”

In lieu of flowers, we gave Katherine a football...

In lieu of flowers, we gave Katherine a football…

...which she immediately put to use.

…which she immediately put to use. Here’s her famous stiff arm.

This is the bed Erin made up for her 6-5 cousin Charlie. The pink and purple snake freaked him out a little, but he enjoyed the tea party.

This is the bed Erin made up for her 6-5 cousin Charlie. The pink and purple snake freaked him out a little, but he enjoyed the tea party.

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Posted on September 23, 2013, in Family, Katherine Biskupic, Theater and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. What a great time you had. I wish your grandma a quick recovery. I’m sure Charlie didn’t get much sleep unless he decided on the couch. The snake would have freaked me out too. Thanks for another great blog.

  2. Love the Elizabeth Bennett quote and the lovingly decorated bed for Charlie. Hope Katherine will follow in the footsteps of Second City alumni Tina Fey- my favorite funny woman. 🙂

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