My Solo Show of All Duets | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Rebecca Sohn stars as Shirley Lame

Rebecca Sohn stars as Shirley Lame

Jerry Schulman

When: Thursdays. Continues through March 24 2016
Price: $15, $10 students
What makes this show so delightful? Not just the repertory of Broadway staples, which we hear sawed in half for these hilariously maimed solo renditions. Not just the deadpan of accompanist T.J. Shanoff, who brings the house down wordlessly from the bench many times, fingers flying. Not just the whole conceit of having a one-woman show of duets. It’s all that—but who can explain the incredible clowning of Shirley Lame (pronounced la-MAY, natch), her complete grasp of the audience, her instant shifts from showbiz glitz back into the heavyhearted pathos of a dream somewhat past its prime? It’s all so wonderful, such a trip. As Shirley reminds you between songs, she is a star. Don’t worry if you haven’t brought flowers to throw, she has extra. It’s a pity this show runs just once a week. —Max Maller

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