Queerly Beloved | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Courtesy Huggable Riot

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Nov. 8 2017
Price: $12
The ensemble of Huggable Riot’s Queerly Beloved don’t want to come across as too gay during the opening musical number, but they quickly accept that their queerness isn’t something to tone down. This LGBTQ sketch revue isn’t the tightest hour, though it does feature enough gems for a worthwhile evening of racy, silly, and occasionally heartfelt humor. Two overbearing parents interrupt a casual hangout session between queer teens in a sketch with sharp pacing and finely pitched performances from Meaghan Morris and Nathaniel Strain. A harrowing evening at Roscoe’s during Market Days is turned into a Dungeons & Dragons-style role-playing game in the show’s most clever, confident piece. But the most impressive feat is how the group builds on a tired vibrator joke, increasing the stakes until sex toy’s batteries become a matter of life and death. —Oliver Sava



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