Blackout | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Blackout New Review (Theater and Comedy)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Feb. 25 2015

Blackout, the five-person African-American improv team currently chugging through an hour's worth of irresolute scenes at the Annoyance, has a knack for pulling volatile setups out of thin air. A suicidal man struggles to explain his emotional desperation to a friend, who turns every raw utterance into an R&B lyric. The ghost of an old woman tries to make love to her aged widower by possessing the body of his young male caretaker. A fledgling tap dancer faces the horrifying possibility of having to drag his drunk, aging mentor offstage in front of an audience of thousands. But when it comes setting these scenes in motion, the team is flummoxed, rarely moving beyond repeated demonstrations of their basic predicaments. Scenes that might explode simply fizzle. —Justin Hayford

Price: $5

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