Panic! at the Honky Tonk | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Panic! at the Honky Tonk Agenda The Short List (Theater) Recommended

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Oct. 25 2017

Huggable Riot’s musical revue is a string of confessional ditties about racist, sexist, and other -ist parasites. The cast calls to mind the tokenism of a college brochure, but this diversity is key to showing how similar are the issues faced by blacks, queers, Hispanics, etc, alike. Destiny Strothers sings beautifully about the offensiveness of catcalling; Elisabeth Del Toro describes how her half-white, half-Latino makeup means she’s never stopped at airport security; Lea Ciastko lambastes the tellers of Asian jokes only to concede that she'd "rather you be racist than unfunny." This is also one of the only shows I’ve seen featuring a lone white male in support of his female castmates and not vice versa. —Steve Heisler

Price: $10 online, $12 door


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