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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10 2012

A petulant emo Andrew Jackson introduces this petulant, emo 2009 musical by promising to delve into "some serious, serious shit." If only. Composer Michael Friedman and writer Alex Timbers turn America's seventh president into an easy target—a one-dimensional, hate-mongering, genocidal megalomaniac—then smugly pillory him for 100 snarky, edgier-than-thou minutes, drawing simplistic parallels to present-day electoral politics along the way. And for distasteful comic relief they throw in a perky wheelchair-bound narrator with no point of view or stake in the action, apparently because putting a disabled person onstage is wacky. Heavy with swagger and eyeliner, Scott Ferguson's Bailiwick Chicago production is so calculatedly yet ineffectually campy that hardly a moment of genuine spontaneity survives. Bloody, bloody tedious. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$30


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