Falling Circus | Public House Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Travis Marsala, Danny Giovannini, Jake Miser, Rich Williams, Abby Harvey, Kimberly V. Banks, Shawn Bates, and Adrienne Teeley

Travis Marsala, Danny Giovannini, Jake Miser, Rich Williams, Abby Harvey, Kimberly V. Banks, Shawn Bates, and Adrienne Teeley

Matt Mahaffey

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Feb. 24 2016
Price: $10
A typically weird old Joe Martin cartoon depicts a printing press with a man's body stuck in it. Two executives are standing nearby, and one says to the other, "This idea of yours, Jenson, about a human newspaper . . . I thought there was more to it." Exactly. When I heard that an octet of young writer-performers had put together a "Monty Python-style" sketch show, I was excited to see what they'd do to make Python's signature physicality and absurdity their own. The wrong thing, it turns out. Imagine a Beatles tribute band that's decided to write new Lennon-McCartney tunes and perform them as the Fab Four might. That's what these folks mean by "Monty Python style." They even speak with English accents and imitate Terry Jones's screechy-lady voice. The best I can say is that I'd like to see Abby Harvey in something completely different. Otherwise, Falling Circus is jaw-droppingly bad. I really thought there'd be more to it. —Tony Adler

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