American Stage Sessions: The Best of History of World Drama (Parts 237, 156, and 994, Presented in Consecutivity) | Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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American Stage Sessions: The Best of History of World Drama (Parts 237, 156, and 994, Presented in Consecutivity) 

When: Mondays, Tuesdays. Continues through Nov. 3 2009
Price: $10-$15
The bankrupt Muskogee County Magic Theatre Players--one of the "top 200 small community theaters in the Midwest"--is holding a hail-Mary telethon, performing scenes from plays that a stuffy, know-nothing community-college professor considers the world's greatest. If the Plagiarists, who've consistently demonstrated an ingenious and subtle sense of irony, had held tight to the truth in their delicious concept, they might've produced a well-observed parody a la Waiting for Guffman. Instead, director Steve Wilson and his eight-person cast opt for scattershot mockery of pretentious scripts, amateur theatrics, and backstage squabbles. Almost without exception, their targets are too facile to produce meaningful satire. The attempt at edginess represented by a smattering of gay sex jokes can't disguise the evening's paucity of ideas. --Justin Hayford

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