Decease, I Insist: A Funerarial Comedy | Public House Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jimmy Wilson, Katie Ruppert, Justin Hamby, Rebecca Escobedo, and Willie Opper

Jimmy Wilson, Katie Ruppert, Justin Hamby, Rebecca Escobedo, and Willie Opper

Sophie Duntley

Decease, I Insist: A Funerarial Comedy 

When: Fridays. Continues through Aug. 18 2017
Price: $10
Near the end of Mass St. Productions’ hour-long, death-centric sketch comedy show, a dull bar mitzvah peps up when octogenarian DJ Yaya arrives, cranking the EDM and reminiscing about how hard she partied while Nazis decimated her hometown, her only dream to become a “4.5-star DJ on Yelp.” It’s appalling, and appallingly funny, and one of the rare moments when this five-person ensemble sticks its collective neck out. The rest of the sketches range from clever (a self-absorbed monarch desperately searching for the proper beheading outfit) to puzzling (radio actors making their own banal sound effects). Under Sophie Duntley’s direction, the male performers are often overly tentative, while the two women (Rebecca Escobedo and Katie Ruppert) regularly tear things up. —Justin Hayford

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