Chris Gaines in The Life of Garth Brooks | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Chris Gaines in The Life of Garth Brooks 

When: Fridays. Continues through Aug. 23 2013
Price: $15-$20
From Ziggy Stardust to Luke the Drifter, alter egos have always been a staple in the music industry. But Garth Brooks's 1999 stint as Chris Gaines was one of the most confusing. Greg Ott's well-constructed parody turns that wonky era on its head, featuring Gaines as the "biggest rock star on the planet on the eve of the new millennium," who becomes dissatisfied with his career and turns to country music. Chock-full of 90s references like Tamagotchis, Judge Ito, and unlikely sex symbol Chelsea Clinton, the show is a nostalgic romp into a slower (i.e., dial-up) time. Wink Stone is hilarious as one of Chris’s cowboy "friends in low places," narrating the show with a twinkle in his eye and zingers in his back pocket. —Marissa Oberlander

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