Don Wisconsin | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Don Wisconsin 

Corn Productions' sprawling song-and-dance Stooge-esque two-act comedy, which has 17 characters, desperately needs an edit. Writers Michael and Patrick Brooks overwhelm every fleeting bit of wit and originality with an unfocused plot turn. They tell far more than show this tale of a Chicago gangster skirting Prohibition with the help of Wisconsin farmers, and they try to milk one-note characters for laughs. Although the choreography impresses on this small stage and a few actors can sing, the jangly songs make random detours into various subjects instead of advancing the story. Director Robert Bouwman needs to add tension and tautness to a show whose cast favors overacting and stereotypes. --Jenn Goddu a Through 6/16: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 6/2-6/16, 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 773-865-7731, $15, $7 Wed.

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