Altar Boyz | Mayne Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 23 2015
Price: $20
Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker's satire arrived off-Broadway in 2005, the era of megachurches, the religious right, and ongoing culture wars. A decade later, the one-act musical about a fictional hip-hop Christian boy band holds up just as well comedically as it did on day one, and is more compassionate than I'd remembered. Pious studs Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham pop and lock their way through hits about abstinence and the Good News while trying to save souls in the audience. The humor, of course, is amplified when played straight, but this staging from Cult Camp Productions features cast-wide mugging that dulls the absurd brilliance Adler and Walker made so key. —Dan Jakes



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