Famed Second City Troupe Takes Stage Feb. 13

SOCORRO, N.M. February 3, 2016 – The Second City improv comedy troupe returns to New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center with a brand-new take on love and relationships at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) presentation.

Make it a sweetheart of an evening by coupling the show with a special Valentine’s Day gourmet dinner catered by Chartwells beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and hosted by Tech Club – Club Macey. (Please see related sidebar for menu and ticket prices.)


The famed Second City Comedy Troupe will perform in Socorro on Saturday, Feb. 13.


  Pre-Game With Gourmet Dinner

Plan to make a full evening of it on Saturday night, February 13, with a social hour and delightful gourmet dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Macey Center Galena Room on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro.

The Valentine’s Day dinner will be catered by Chartwells and is sponsored by Tech Club – Club Macey, open to members and non-members alike.

Tickets are $30 each for members and $35 for non-members. On the evening’s menu is an Italian salad with tomato, red pepper, kalamata olives, carrots and parmesan cheese dressed in a pesto vinaigrette.

Diners may choose from two entrées: rolled flank steak with basil, prosciutto and roasted pepper served with a chianti au jus or a vegetarian option featuring a portabello steak with grilled eggplant, asparagus, salad, rolls and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

The menu includes tiramisu for dessert and a glass of champagne.

Tickets for “Hooking Up with The Second City” must be purchased separately from the dinner.

Dinner reservations will be accepted until they are sold out, with 80 available.


“Hooking Up with The Second City” is a must-see new show about everyone’s favorite subject this time of year – relationships.

The critically acclaimed program features side-splitting sketches, songs and world-famous improvisation from Chicago’s best and brightest comedic performers. This hilarious revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between, making merry mirth out of all the crazy things men and women do for love.

The famed Second City players are making their second appearance in Socorro after a show-stopping performance here three years ago.

“We’re so excited to welcome back The Second City, and the timing couldn’t be better,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “This is just the ticket for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day eve, and don’t forget to make reservations for dinner for the complete dinner-and-a-show experience.”

The Second City has produced cutting-edge satirical revues after opening its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. In time, this small cabaret-styled space would become the most influential and prolific comedy theater in the world.

With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City developed a unique way of creating and performing comedy. Founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experimental and unconventional in its approach to both theater and comedy.

With the debut of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, populated by Second City alumni John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally celebrated for its ever-increasing roster of comedy superstars.

Soon, Second City’s sister-theater in Canada developed its own sketch comedy series, SCTV, hailed as one of the greatest comedy series of all time and featuring an all-star cast that included Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Joe Flaherty and Rick Moranis.

Among the more recent Second City players-turned-celebrities are Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell.

“No date for Valentine’s Day, no problem,” Kalish said. “Call a buddy or round up a group of friends for a fun evening of laughs and first-class entertainment. You won’t be disappointed!”

Sponsors for “Hooking Up with The Second City” are IRIS-PASSCAL, AMEC, the New Mexico Tech Student Government Association (SGA), the New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Super 8.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech