Brouhaha: A Puppet Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays. Continues through March 20 2012

A late-night, off-night puppet musical performed by improv-trained actors in the comedy space above a Lakeview bar? You'd expect something brassy and blue a la Avenue Q or Chicago's own Sock Puppet Showgirls, right? Well, forget it. This 40-minute piece is . . . kind of melancholy, all in all. With keyboard support from Eric Bair, competent writer-performers Katie Dufresne and Stacey Smith use Muppet-style figures to tell the tale of ten-year-old Wendy, who lives with her grandparents (her feckless mother having abandoned her) and has been given until Monday to come up with a reason why she shouldn't be expelled from school. Brouhaha offers lots of comic grace notes, but it's earnest at heart. Wendy takes an emotional beating. Given a better book and lyrics, this thing could be truly depressing—albeit in a funny way. —Tony Adler

Price: $5

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