Laughing in the Face of Death | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Laughing in the Face of Death 

When: Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 29 2008
Phone: 773-561-4665
Price: $15
Deaths far outnumber laughs in this sketch show directed by Susan Messing. The running themes include dorky Russian gymnasts, dangerous "great black bucks," the power of Mormon undergarments, and quicksand--which provides the most trenchant bit of verbal wit as Jon Barinholtz compares drowning in the deadly stuff with being married. The four performers' costumes--black hoodies--are as simple as their default facial expression: a smirk, which varies as little as their body language. In a scene that encapsulates the whole show, the joke is that a callow adolescent at his grandfather's funeral has nothing to say about the man or his demise. I have nothing against laughing at death--Please! Make me laugh at death!--but a little insight into the subject would help. --Laura Molzahn



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