Ouija: A Haunted History | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Marybeth Kram and Amy Young

Marybeth Kram and Amy Young

Erik M. Kommer

Ouija: A Haunted History 

When: Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 12 2016
Price: $20
The Annoyance’s half-formed, hour-long goof plays inordinately fast and loose with the history of the Ouija board. For instance, in this telling William Fuld, the prime marketer of Ouija boards in America, hits major pay dirt selling his game to Parker Brothers. In truth, that sale happened in 1966, 42 years after Fuld’s death. But it makes no more sense to criticize the preternaturally impudent Annoyance for historical inaccuracy than to chastise a week-old puppy for peeing in the house. So while the story director Sam Locke and his improvising cast of four fashion is delightfully ludicrous, unlikely, and inane, its stage execution is too tentative and slapdash to have much impact. Only the sly card trick that opens the show feels finished. —Justin Hayford

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