Hitch*Cocktails | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Anthony Yoon

When: Fridays. Continues through Aug. 25 2017
Price: $20, $15 students
You know how the old Hollywood thrillers would get mangled to death in the cutting room? Scenes transposed, whole plots rendered incoherent, unresolved loose threads everywhere? It was an era of many classics, but please explain to me what happens in The Lady From Shanghai. In this drunken two-act, now in its third year at the Annoyance, the same effect is brought about organically, by design, as eight actors with an onstage wet bar (they have to drink whenever a scene partner says so) get gradually more and more sloshed, lose track of the Hitchcock-style suspense story they’ve been improvising, and make hay with whatever plot points they’ve been thrown, preshow, by a randomly selected audience member. It’s good, wholesome, liver-debilitating fun. And Jason Stockdale makes a sensationally sleazy ringleader. —Max Maller

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