Lady Mechanics | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Lady Mechanics Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through July 27 2014

The story of Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh, founder of the Lady Mechanic Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, is a promising premise for a musical. This one takes some liberties—while it's true that Aguebor-Ekperuoh started her nonprofit after having a dream in which Jesus taught her to fix cars, in this version Christ appears in person, wearing a bad wig and playing a guitar. And the first three trainees are a prostitute, a divorcee with a chicken obsession, and a rich teenager (who in one of a series of improbable plot twists turns out to be the long-lost daughter of the divorcee). But while a couple of upbeat opening numbers seem to bode well, things quickly fall apart. There's little plot and even less character development, which means that when the actors trip over their lines and the jokes flop, the whole enterprise goes down. —Julia Thiel

Price: $15, $10 for students

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