Altered Boy | The Buena at Pride Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Altered Boy The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 2017

Arguably, the eighth rite of the Catholic church is to make art about parting ways with the Catholic church. Louisiana-born comedian Garrett Allain chronicles his religious upbringing and sexual coming of age in this autobiographical one-man show in the form of a string of loosely related comedic sketches. Allain combines video segments that reimagine his school play performances, heartfelt monologues, family impersonations, and The Lonely Island-style music numbers about "GAMs" (grown-ass men) and Tinder to provide an impressionistic look at his life. His lyrical prowess outweighs his vocal ability, and only a few sketches really land, but there's some profound insight here into the uniquely complicated relationship closeted gay Christians had with their sexuality during the height of the Catholic church's child sex abuse scandal. Jeff Bouthiette directs. —Dan Jakes

Price: $25

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