Impress These Apes | Lakeshore Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Impress These Apes 

When: Mondays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 10 2008
Price: $15
www.impresstheseapes.com
In Blewt! Productions' talent show, now in its third season, the fate of the human race depends on eight contestants impressing three apes from the future whose intelligence has increased to the level of, well, amateur comedians. Each week the same eight performers compete in a different category, like music or stand-up. There's a silly backstory to this lively show, but there are also real stakes: the producers held an open audition, and after eight weeks the winning contestant gets $500. A volatile mix of the staged and the sincere, Impress These Apes delivers the best kind of inconsistency: can't-look-away failure and spontaneous charm. It's American Idol meets lowbrow comedy. --Ryan Hubbard

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