Smile! You Have Depression | Playground Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Smile! You Have Depression The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: July 11-Aug. 15 2009

This sketch revue skims the subject of depression, making light of drug prescriptions and stock triggers like bad dads. But the most consistent theme is how not to be creepy: eschew Scientology, beware of intellectual snobbery at college lit magazines, and don't greet people by nuzzling their butts. Laughs are inconsistent. Writer-performer Homer Marrs has some creative ideas: an improv bit set at an audition has audience members reading dialogue with increasingly absurd stage directions (like "Now with more stain-fighting power") off a screen. But most lose traction under Todd Edwards's direction, due to sluggish or overzealous acting and lethargic timing--even from the lighting guy. --Ryan Hubbard

Price: $15


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