Briana Hansen; Chicago
This one-woman series of sketches has a misleading name; it is not a memoir at all, and has no feminist undertones. Briana Hansen has a well-rounded arsenal of excellent improv, decent sociopolitical satire, pretty good pop-culture bashing and the best crowd interaction I have seen in a very long time. She is impossible not to like, with an engaging, fast-paced comedic style and positive motifs. A couple of her characters fell short of others, but she has a wealth of charismatic confidence on stage — and in the crowd — that inspires trust and eagerness in her audience.
Phoenix Theatre: Friday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m.