The Big Bang | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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Boyd Graham and Jed Feuer's musical revue packs about 30 minutes of laughs into its 90 minutes--and those yuks stem from the playful, high-energy performances of its two-man cast, who milk the material when it's smart and mock it when it sucks. Framed as a backers' audition for a Broadway epic about the history of the world, the show consists of silly vignettes about Adam and Eve, Nefertiti, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Columbus, Eva Braun, Jimi Hendrix, and other famous folks. Philadelphia actors Ben Dibble and Tony Braithwaite caper about the stage of the Chicago Theatre's cozy new basement studio, deftly selling the lame puns and relentless gay, black, and Jewish caricatures that permeate these sub-Carol Burnett Show songs and sketches. Through 8/20: Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 6 and 9 PM, Sun 3 PM, Thu 7/13, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre Downstairs, 175 N. State, 312-902-1500 or 312-462-6300, $37.50.

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