Jersey Shore: The Musical | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Jersey Shore: The Musical Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 3 2011

Whether or not it's the low watermark of American culture, MTV's reality show Jersey Shore has all the raw ingredients for good musical theater: oversized characters, lots of emotional tension, and a smush room. But while the TV show can provoke discomfort or even mild horror, this skillful musical parody from 4 Days Late Productions pulls out the elements that make it hilarious and captivating. The story is swift and intelligent, and the brassy, well-paced tunes neatly take the place of the confessional cam. The cast may not satisfy fans expecting body doubles, but their vocal skills more than make up the difference. —Keith Griffith

Price: $20, $15 in advance

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