For Real, America? | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

For Real, America? The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays. Continues through Feb. 9 2016

Sketch comedians Sarah Dell’Amico and Rashida Olayiwola try to satirize contemporary racial and economic politics in this hour-long review. That’s a commendable goal, but too often their satire swings from empty hyperbole (“Being locked up in jail is the same as being free in America”) to self-evident disquisition (a black woman explaining the injurious meanings in her white neighbor’s Confederate flag) to entertaining irrelevance (a cooking show designed specifically for people suffering from schizophrenia). Dell’Amico and Olayiwola are engaging performers, and their solo pieces are skillfully executed; Dell’Amico’s turn as a desperately needy woman ruining a first date is stunning. But they have such different styles—Dell’Amico is all neurotic edginess, Olayiwola all grounded exasperation—that they’re perpetually out of sync when performing together. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12, $6 students


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