Love Tapes | Angel Island | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Love Tapes The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 5 2014

According to Internet lore, Steven Banks and Penn & Teller's Penn Jillette based this 2005 comedy on the rather cruel true story of a love-obsessed fan who sent an explicit videotape to her rock ’n’ roll idol, only to see it circulated far and wide as a dirty joke. The first minutes of Love Tapes seem to pick up on the cruelty. Main character Melinda looks trashy and stupid in her Dolly Parton wig, icing her nipples for the first of several tapings. But if you stick around a while, things take a turn: though the trashiness and stupidity remain, a romantic surprise renders the overall tone kinda sweet. Not that that solves all problems. As staged by Shade Murray for the Inconvenience, the show crawls along (the advertised running time of 90 minutes stretched to about two hours at the performance I saw). And the roles are flimsily written, leaving us with a running audience-participation gag as the only consistent focus of interest. —Tony Adler

Price: $20

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