Flames and Blazes | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., March 19, 8 p.m., Fri., March 26, 8 p.m., Fri., April 2, 8 p.m., Fri., April 9, 8 p.m., Fri., April 16, 8 p.m., Fri., April 23, 8 p.m. and Fridays, 8 p.m. Continues through May 28 2010
Price: $15
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In the Annoyance Theatre's latest goofball musical it's New Year's Eve, 1928, and a cross section of Jazz Age types has gathered to celebrate the opening of a glamorous Chicago pleasure palace, hubristically billed as "the world's first unburnable hotel." The guests include a rakish con man, a Chaplinesque movie star, a dizzy dame fresh from the sticks, and the hard-boiled wife of a ticker tape magnate. Naturally, the building catches on fire, but our plucky, empty-headed crew isn't going to let a little thing like impending immolation destroy their good time. Director Dunbar Dicks, composer Sean Sykes, and the cast create a charming pastiche of old-fashioned musical comedy. But the show's one-joke premise--that nobody recognizes the severity of the situation--eventually wears thin. --Zac Thompson

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