Into Hell: The Oregon Trail | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2014
Price: $12, $8 for students
It is an unspoken rule that any respectable parody of 80s computer game The Oregon Trail must contain bouts of hunting, at least one broken wagon-wheel axle, and above all else, dysentery. While Into Hell: The Oregon Trail pays homage to that trinity, the classic computer fun takes a backseat to writer Chip Bagnall's vision for the show, which includes a peyote trip, a ten-minute farting sequence, and a too-oft-repeated gag around "ford or float" (another mainstay of the game squandered here). Bagnall, a former history major and current improviser who also stars in this one-man show, would benefit from having other humans to play with. Instead we watch him interact solely with a collection of stuffed dolls, which are supposed to be his daughters but end up being just creepy. —Chloe Riley



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