Small Victories | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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When: Sundays, 9:30 p.m. Continues through June 13 2010
Phone: 773-561-4665
Price: $10
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Kristen Studard's "unflattering vanity project" presents wacky, often hilarious characters with unique stories to tell. We meet Shirley, a video-blogging Girl Scout with an over-the-top sense of melodrama; a Hungry Hungry Hippo who's sick of eating little white balls; and multiple household objects just itching to sing their sorrows. Well structured and thoughtfully directed by Kate Duffy, this production is a fun vehicle for Studard's versatile comedy. Whether she's stuffing her face with marshmallows or bringing to life a flower's inner monologue, Studard's wit and excellent timing shine through. The show's best moments--such as a brief coming-of-age sketch featuring speaking roles for Studard's three outdated forms of identification--are improvised. --Marissa Oberlander

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