Solo Ole! Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Oct. 10 2012

There wasn't much depth or complexity in the solo performances I saw when this series opened, but to expect either would've been to miss the point. The three up-and-coming artists showcased in separate 20-minute routines knew how to land laughs hard and fast and get offstage before they were out of ammo. Carmen Christopher, who excels at playing lovable douchebags, stacked his piece of the evening, Bazooka, with cheesy but entertaining stereotypes such as a wacky sports announcer, a workplace stalker, and a dysfunctional motivational speaker. In Clean Dreams Anthony Oberbeck used his quirky straight-man reserve as a foil for prerecorded bits. And John Hartman displayed the greatest versatility of the bunch in It's Great to be Here, offering a lineup of memorable characters. The rosters change every two weeks, so check the Annoyance website for updated information. —Keith Griffith

Price: $5

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