My Name Is Annie King | The Broadway at Pride Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Evan Hanover

When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 28 2017
Price: $20-$30
Underscore Theatre focuses entirely on nurturing and presenting new musicals—a noble mission, but risky, as this multiflawed premiere production proves. Krista Pioppi's book starts with infantile twentysomething Lucas fleeing the funeral of the father who never loved him right; drunk and armed with a car, he hits a pedestrian who turns out to be Cash, the alpha-male leader of an end-of-days cult. In an interesting twist, Lucas and Cash form an intense bond. But that's the last interesting twist in this 150-minute show. The rest is either predictable, undeveloped (what, exactly, is the story with Cash's health?), or telegraphed by Alex Higgin-Houser's clunky staging. A dramaturg might've helped, but there's none listed in the credits. And the "bluegrass" score by Aaron Albert and Katy Rea? Running from vague to trite, it's not even bluegrass. —Tony Adler

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