40 Whacks | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays. Continues through Oct. 29 2010
Price: $10-$15
This latest in Annoyance Theatre's long line of outrageous musicals trades the company's usual comic sledgehammer for keener implements of destruction. Aggie Hewitt's hilarious take on the legendary Lizzy Borden parricide forgoes raunch and easy laughs, bubbling instead with smart dialogue and stranger-than-fiction historical curiosities, while Lisa McQueen's solid music bolsters the story with quirky charm. As Lizzie, Ellen Stoneking has a convincing gleam of subdued insanity in her eyes. Cohesion gives way to a flurry of uneven vignettes during the hallucinatory second-act murder trial, but the show saves itself by resurrecting the butchered parents (Jennifer Estlin and Noah Gregoropoulos) in brief, excellent cameos. --Keith Griffith

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