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Annoyance: Happy Song Fun Time


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Many of the Annoyance's early hits were antimusicals that twisted the traditions of American music theater to suit the company's vile ends. The songs were often roughly treated, sometimes croaked out by actors with little or no musical training. But the craft behind them was undeniable, as this "greatest hits" revue proves, covering five faves: That Darned Antichrist, Tippi: Portrait of a Virgin, Manson: The Musical, Your Butt, and Coed Prison Sluts. Each song employs the Annoyance formula: witty, profane lyrics combined with solid, often quite smart tune writing. The show preserves the cheap look and feel of the original productions--no set, minimal costumes, rough improv-influenced acting--and much of the original charm and hilarity too. --Jack Helbig a Through 10/13: Sat 8 PM, Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665, $15.

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