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White Trash Wedding and a Funeral

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Looking frazzled, Factory Theater artistic director Nick Digilio groans that he hopes White Trash Wedding and a Funeral will become Factory's Coed Prison Sluts, the long-running cash cow at the Annoyance. From the looks of Digilio's theater--hunks of plaster fallen from the walls, a lighting grid of a coffee can and clamp-on lamps--he needs something. And staking his company's financial future on White Trash Wedding is as close to a sure bet as you get in the theater. This furiously paced, ferociously acted trailer-park potboiler is every bit as dazzling and foul as it was a year ago, when it opened. Sure, it's big on potty-and-genitalia jokes, but unlike Annoyance Theatre's mean-spirited white-trash musical Pigs Is Pigs, this show beats with a big, warm heart. The 11 sterling actors feel no need to make fun of their characters' unrelenting trashiness, never reinforcing elitist notions of taste and decorum. Rather they love their creations, delighting in the freedom to belch and let their guts hang over their belts. An evening of guilty pleasures rather than condescension, it's a chance for the bratty adolescent in all of us to romp for an hour or so. Factory Theater, 1257 W. Loyola, 773-274-1345. Through February 15: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 PM. $7. --Justin Hayford

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