Sweetie Maude | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Sweetie Maude The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays. Continues through July 24 2015

Stephen Sondheim's richly layered orchestrations and Chekhovian stories don't exactly invite parody. Musically, the bar to entry is just too high for most wacky send-ups, and that includes this all-female, all-lesbian version of Sweeney Todd by Sabrina Harper and Margaret Hicks. Delightfully absurd as that premise sounds, this Annoyance production is surprisingly dry, and a bit of a head-scratcher conceptually. On top of the lesbian twist, Harper's variation takes place in modern-day Chicago with no real payoff, and without anything much to distinguish itself comedically, Sweetie just feels like an abbreviated, ersatz Sweeney. —Dan Jakes

Price: $20, $15 students

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