Gender by Us | Public House Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Gender by Us New Review (Theater and Comedy)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Dec. 17 2015

The musical number that kicks off N20‘s sketch-comedy show assures us that gender roles have changed a lot recently. If that’s so, how come most of what follows could have come from a collegiate revue in 1976? You won’t hear anything about "leaning in," Planned Parenthood funding, or transgender folk. Instead, there’s lots of tired battle-of-the-sexes stuff involving macho jerks, cartoonish feminists, and debates about holding doors for women (a subject the show returns to repeatedly). The one stab at topicality—a hoedown starring Kentucky clerk and gay-marriage foe Kim Davis—has little to do with gender and relies on mean-spirited southern stereotypes. As in the rest of the production, the targets are too easy, the laughs nonexistent. —Zac Thompson

Price: $12 includes PBR

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