Drag Party Party | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Drag Party Party Agenda New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through June 28 2017

At one point during this hour-long sketch revue directed by Bina Martin, a running motif ends with a disgruntled pageant queen wielding a purple dildo to inflict blunt-force trauma. It's swift and even awkwardly amusing, but it also speaks volumes about the nature of goings-on at the Annoyance, where the default mechanism is to be outrageous. And while I laughed hard in spurts, as when the uber-talented Anita Cannoli (Julia DeFerdinando) narrates a scene from While You Were Sleeping in her thick Jersey accent, or when a girl’s night out at Sidetrack goes awry, the screwball antics of this self-described drag party tends to devolve to a level of strangeness that doesn’t do justice to the individual talent on stage—these kings and queens are at their best when the dial is turned down. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $10

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