The Famous Brothers . . . A Month of Sundays | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

The Famous Brothers . . . A Month of Sundays



Yes, there's a cringe factor. It kicks in on "An Inbred Mountain Holiday," the second song after intermission. So if you're sensitive to hillbilly slander you might want to take an extra five minutes in the lobby. Otherwise this Appalachia-themed revue is too funny, smart, sweet voiced, and overall amiable to boycott. The conceit is a concert by the Famous Brothers, a quarrelsome trio from the mythical coal-mining town of Monkeycrevice, West Virginia. Darren Stephens, Will Clinger, and Rick Vamos wear their personas so lightly there's never a whiff of condescension, even when Clinger's doing his ridiculous clog dance. What's more, the songs come off as cunning satire rather than countrified pastiche. The patter fails at times, but those songs are anthracite solid. Through 11/27: Sun 7:30 PM. Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-472-3492. $20.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Perry Lafine.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →