Allison Bills, is a welcome new addition to the cast and is currently starring in the Mainstage production, “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies.” She is talented, witting, demonstrates supreme character work and can master physical comedy on top of it – in short, she is a quadruple threat.
Her journey to the Mainstage has been a long and winding one, like so many others who finally end up there. Bills, though, was ready for a city change and set to make a move to LA – she had sold everything down to her bed when she got the call to be on the Mainstage. Luckily for The Second City and us audience members she decided to buy a new bed and write and perform in this latest revue.
Bills started with Second City as a touring performer in 2002 in the dark days after September 11th. “It was a really weird time,” she explains. Things did get easier and she toured for another 2 ½ years. After touring Bills had a chance to see the world and continue to work as a Second Cityperformer on Norwegian Cruise lines. Bills took the opportunity to enjoy the life and work on her writing and improv skills.
While it may seem difficult to stay on the radar back on Wells Street while working on the high seas, Bills’ tremendous talent did not escape the attention of those back home and while cruising and making her moving plans she got the call.
Bills, an understudy on Mainstage for many shows, brought a lot to the table when writing the new show. Touring and working on cruise ships leads to a lot of downtime – and sketches she wrote prior to joining Mainstage have found their home there.
She enjoys this show because it is physical, silly and, under the direction of Matt Hovde, everyone gets their chance to shine. The show is one of the more physically demanding of the last Mainstage shows – so much so that there are fans set-up backstage to help the cast cool off between scenes. Bills puts the icing on the cake by doing several handstands in the show.
So, after this what is next for Bills? According to her she wants to wait and see what happens here – one must imagine it is nice to stay in one place for a while on solid ground. Inspired by dramas with a comedic edge, Bills continues to write, audition and plan for the future. After all she’s accomplished with persistence and talent don’t be surprised if you see her as a dark and twisted character in a favorite show sometime in the next few years.
That being said – catch her here, in person while you can.
Have fun and, as always, don’t forget to tip your waiters – generously.
“Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies” is in an indefinite run. Tickets are available by selecting ‘Buy Tickets’ or by phone at 312-337-3992.
For groups contact Anna Feneis at email@example.com
The show schedule and ticket prices are as follows:
8pm and 11pm
8pm and 11pm