Ripper the Musical | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ripper the Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Nov. 30 2011

This musical pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper is standard-issue Annoyance Theatre stuff, but that doesn't mean it's not damn good. Jen Spyra's book hums with witty dialogue and a quick, smart mystery, the leads are impeccably cast, and Boaz Reisman's peppy musical numbers hone the comedy to a razor edge. Though the bit players are given to staginess, Kellen Alexander's peevish, whiny Holmes is a delight. Alex Moffat has a minefield of gay jokes to get through as Dr. Watson, but he pulls it off—thanks in large part to Brendan Dowling's direction, which gives the gags just enough breathing room. I was deep into the first act before I realized that Watson's signature medical satchel was actually a woman's purse. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$20

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