Shark Tank: The Musical | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Shark Tank: The Musical Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through March 30 2018
Price: $20, $15 students
One evening at the Annoyance, an audience member fiercely advocated for his own groundbreaking invention, a sex robot, and was rewarded drink tickets and hearty applause. No idea is a bad idea at this jovial, good-natured parody of ABC’s Shark Tank. On TV, entrepreneurs pitch products and services to five “Sharks”—potential investors such as Dallas Mavericks owner and sentient Lego Mark Cuban. Annoyance founder Jennifer Estlin and her writing partner Greg Ott adapt the show’s conceit into a playful form of improvisation around some scripted bits, notably each judge’s solo song. None of the cast members is a particularly great singer, but everybody leans into it. Mick Napier plays Kevin O’Leary aka “Mr. Wonderful” and tap dances like he’s never tap danced before, which seems true. —Steve Heisler

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