The Wolfgang Stein Show | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays. Continues through April 26 2017

Wolfgang Stein stars as a smarmy, ever-squinting, bow-tied variety show host named Wolfgang Stein in this fast-moving production directed by Anneliese Toft. Running breathlessly through nearly a dozen bits in just under an hour, the talented ensemble cast rarely lingers on a setup long enough to wear out its welcome. The most successful scenes combine gleefully corny wordplay and fully committed characterizations that manage to wink self-referentially without falling into all-out camp. They’re putting on a show and never pretend not to be, yet are able to sell most of the premises through sheer enthusiasm, whether portraying punning nuns battling Beelzebub or disgruntled supporting cast members taking revenge on the narcissistic Wolfgang himself. —Dmitry Samarov

Price: $12


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