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
annoyanceproductions.com
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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