A hit in their hometown of Chicago, the good-looking lads of the Improvised Shakespeare Company are bringing their fast-paced hilarity to New York for just four nights. How it works: The audience suggests a title for a play that has yet to be written (such as Madame, Wherefore Art My Pants?), and they create a fully improvised Elizabethan-style play on the spot. Each work is full of rhyming couplets, star-crossed lovers, and naughty humor that even the Bard himself would approve of.
Aug. 10-13, 8 p.m., 2009