Into Hell: The Oregon Trail | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Into Hell: The Oregon Trail The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2014

It is an unspoken rule that any respectable parody of 80s computer game The Oregon Trail must contain bouts of hunting, at least one broken wagon-wheel axle, and above all else, dysentery. While Into Hell: The Oregon Trail pays homage to that trinity, the classic computer fun takes a backseat to writer Chip Bagnall's vision for the show, which includes a peyote trip, a ten-minute farting sequence, and a too-oft-repeated gag around "ford or float" (another mainstay of the game squandered here). Bagnall, a former history major and current improviser who also stars in this one-man show, would benefit from having other humans to play with. Instead we watch him interact solely with a collection of stuffed dolls, which are supposed to be his daughters but end up being just creepy. —Chloe Riley

Price: $12, $8 for students


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