Swear Jar | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Swear Jar Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended

When: Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 4 2010

Though he's done it over and over again at Second City, Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier has never directed a sketch show on his own home turf. Consider the drought broken with the pleasurably perverse Swear Jar--a Second City-style revue without the content restrictions. The material can be frustrating. There are softballs (an attack on the snootiness of Trader Joe's), and there's filth that feels gratuitous (the final run of scenes is pretty much exclusively about cunnilingus). But most of the bits--irreverent journeys through cancer, menstruation, Men's Wearhouse, and "early '90s malls"--twist and turn nicely. A supremely committed cast led by screwball Chris Witaske brings warmth to this darkly funny show. --Steve Heisler

Price: $10-$15

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