Comm-80s-a Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 19 2012

The 80s live again in this short high-school spoof—the 1580s. Chicago Dell'Arte's raucous show lands commedia-style stock characters in John Hughes territory. In keeping with tradition, everybody is one-dimensional. There's a nice-guy quarterback and his ultrachaste girlfriend; her slutty pal, who's after the macho coach; a mad science teacher; lecherous old Pantalone the principal, who'll do anything to get laid by prom night; and a sarcastic guy named Sarcastino. The cast take their roles well over the top, where they belong—particularly Jared Latore as heavy-breathing Pantalone. Like high school, Comm-80s-a is at its hilarious best when it's all about getting busy. But the improvised humor takes a while to kick in, and both the staging and the 80s (i.e., 1980s) jokes are sketchy. —Asher Klein

Price: $10-$15

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