1 on 1 | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays. Continues through March 25 2015
Price: $8
This rotating Annoyance showcase features a one-man show and one-woman show, back-to-back; the bills vary, but the pieces themselves play throughout the run. On the night I attended, things kicked off with The Sad Truth About Josh Johnson, starring Johnson, a self-deprecating Louisiana native. Johnson’s at his best telling well-crafted, comical anecdotes about his athletic failures, breakups, and penchant for getting mugged (the mugger ends up texting his mom more than he did). Things start to drag when the show addresses deeper life questions and the meaning of it all. The second piece, I’m Just Happy to Be Here, involves Erin Field reading wonderfully naive snippets from her teenage diary. Character sketches, including a bit with a divorcee embracing her second act, are interspersed throughout, most memorably one involving a burlesque improv class called Breast, And. Field's piece easily gets the laughs, but could benefit from more organization and smoother transitions. —Marissa Oberlander



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