Don't Act Like a Girl | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Don't Act Like a Girl Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Sundays. Continues through June 24 2012

"Don't act like a girl" was the only stipulation Wes Perry's father offered when his teenage son came out. Otherwise Perry's parents were OK with it—a calm moment in an otherwise tumultuous childhood. Themes covered by this funny one-man show: a guidance counselor Perry refers to as "Mrs. Dyke," Perry's childhood conviction that he didn't have a penis, a zesty relationship with antidepressants, and fat camp, where Perry was cast as the Beast in a production of Beauty and the Beast ("Oh well—at least it's a lead"). Backed by a three-person band, Perry occasionally bursts into song in ways that augment the narrative. He opens with a snippet from the Antony and the Johnsons weeper "For Today I Am a Boy" ("One day I'll grow up, I'll be a beautiful girl / But for today I am a child, for today I am a boy"). The mournful tone doesn't linger, though. —Sam Worley

Price: $10


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