Buzz Records | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Buzz Records The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays. Continues through Dec. 22 2015

When the Annoyance’s original space opened 26 years ago, one entire wall was adorned with the words “theater sucks” in dainty script. That anarchic impudence has long been one of the company’s most appealing traits, producing a litany of ingeniously insulting and artfully artless shows. But sometimes the insolence devolves into indolence: ideas left half formed, actors dallying with easy choices. Such is the case with this new 90-minute musical about clangy indie duo Clvtch, who fall under the sway of impresario Damien Loft, a wunderkind hit maker who micromanages his stable of overhyped and undertalented artists with the mania of a cult leader. Despite myriad targets ripe for satire—pretentious critics, self-absorbed artists, vacuous podcasters— it’s all too easy and obvious to sting. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12, $8 students

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