Sad Clown | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Matthew Manning

Matthew Manning

Nikki Loehr

When: Sundays. Continues through Aug. 20 2017
Price: $10
Directed and hosted by comedic improviser and psychiatric nurse Matthew Manning, this hour of inspiring personal essays, each launching subsequent improv, highlights experiences with mental illness. Manning kicks off with a classic joke, where a doctor recommends that a depressed patient see a clown, Pagliacci, who’s come to town, only to learn that the titular sad clown himself is the patient. On the night I attended, Bryson Howard, Chelsea Hunter, and Toby Yount shared stories about their struggles and triumphs over illnesses including anxiety, depression and autism, displaying vulnerability and courage rarely seen in a comedic setting. Manning says his mission is to loosen up the way we talk about mental illness, and this heartbreaking and frequently funny show takes an admirable stab at “unclogging the pipes.” —Marissa Oberlander



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