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Western Civilization! The Complete Musical (Abridged)


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Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor take a Monty Python-esque run at history "from BC to The OC." Puns, sight gags, and historical revisions abound (a Helen Keller cameo, for example, at the Sistine Chapel), appealing to short attention spans and keeping the lively cast of three hopping, bopping, and pulling chickens out of their pants. The Noble Fool Theatricals space, however, defies logic. The work is played on a low stage in a narrow meeting room with rows of chairs on the same level (meaning obstructed views for many) and side entrance doors, so latecomers go bumbling through the front rows to find a (general admission) seat. Arrive early and sit in front or prepare to be annoyed. Through 11/27: Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 6 and 9 PM, Sun 2:30 PM. Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, 4051 E. Main (Rte. 64), Saint Charles, 630-584-6342. $27.

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