Steamwerkz: The Musical | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Steamwerkz: The Musical Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays. Continues through Aug. 31 2012

Think Alice in Wonderland with glory holes. In this delightfully filthy musical comedy, a lunkhead from Nebraska follows the stud of his dreams into a Boystown bathhouse and finds himself in an alternate universe full of eccentric inhabitants (twinks, trolls, the "King of Steam"), mind-altering substances, and unique customs (everybody wears towels, humps anything that moves). Though the comedy goes limp (sorry) as the through-the-looking-glass premise gives way to a story about lonely souls "looking for love and settling for less," the show is redeemed by Tara Trudel's peppy score and some sharply drawn characterizations from the cast. Zach Zimmerman and Chris Kervick are especially good as a pair of empty-headed front-desk clerks. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$20


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