Red, White, & Blaine | iO Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 27 2014
Price: $14
Christopher Guest's 1996 mockumentary Waiting for Guffman follows a group of delusional Broadway hopefuls from the fictional town of Blaine, Missouri, who put on an amateur musical about their little burg in anticipation of a Broadway producer who'll supposedly be attending. Now iO has brought that musical, Red, White, & Blaine, to life, adding interludes of reenactments from the film and a few original songs. Bri Fitzpatrick especially shines as travel agency owner and superserious thespian Shelia Albertson, whose overwrought facial expressions, exaggerated vocal patterns, and "subconscious" mouthing of other people's lines make her a hilarious focal point. The show's definitely not for everyone; an uninitiated friend was utterly confused. But fans of Guest and Waiting for Guffman will be rewarded—sometimes quite literally. On opening night a lightning round of Blaine trivia resulted in one lucky audience member walking away with a DQ gift card. —Brianna Wellen



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