Pinching and Screaming | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Sundays. Continues through April 9 2017

Siblings Annie and Drew used to be top-notch team mascots, whipping up the fans as Surf (Annie in a lobster costume) and Turf (Drew as a gopher with a top hat). Then came the terrible Airzooka accident. Now Annie serves lattes while Drew sits at home, picking out tunes on a guitar that apparently doubles as a bong. Their world gets turned upside down yet again, though, when Annie meets Vincent Xavier (google the name), a "legendary" mascot trainer who thinks she can go all the way to the nationals. Parodiying the Karate Kid/overcome-your-demons trope while adding goofs of its own, this Schmoon show is good-natured and amusing if overlong by about 15 of its 55 minutes. It's also a nice showcase for some endearing cast members: Ryan Morrill, Miles Potter, and particularly Jordan Mullins, sneak-up-on-you funny as Annie. —Tony Adler

Price: $12


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