The Rocky Balboa Picture Show | Cornservatory | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Saturdays and Tue., Oct. 31. Continues through Oct. 28 2017

The crowd at the Cornservatory are no amateurs when it comes to BYOBing, and God bless 'em for it—drinks of choice on opening night ranged from six-packs to hard liquor out of a mason jar. But not even the most liberal state of inebriation could make the groaners in this ensemble-written musical mashup of Rocky IV and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, directed by Allison Reinke, less hokey and obvious. Plenty of great comedy has been inspired by inane pun-centered concepts, but the jokes here—which include an impromptu number by Meat Loaf when someone orders meat loaf (get it? Do you get it?)—are incredibly broad and delivered with so much forced mugging I'm just relieved no one popped a blood vessel.
—Dan Jakes

Price: $10-$15

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