Blacula: Young, Black and Undead | Chicago Dramatists | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 1 2013
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The key to comedy, David Misch writes in Funny: The Book, is surprise. But using stereotypical characters and cliched jokes about Facebook while simultaneously acknowledging sheepishly that you're using stereotypes and cliches, as playwright Reginald Edmund does in Blacula, his first attempt at a comedy, is neither surprising nor funny—it just indicates an inability to come up with better jokes. Blacula features an Underachieving Black Man who has lost his Ambitious Black Woman girlfriend to an African Prince with a Name Taken From The Lion King who also happens to be a fried-chicken magnate and, wouldn't you know it, a vampire newly risen from the undead. You can see where this is going. Unfortunately for a Cranky Theater Reviewer, it takes two hours to get there. —Aimee Levitt



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