Smile! You Have Depression | Playground Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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When: July 11-Aug. 15 2009
Phone: 773-263-5916
Price: $15
This sketch revue skims the subject of depression, making light of drug prescriptions and stock triggers like bad dads. But the most consistent theme is how not to be creepy: eschew Scientology, beware of intellectual snobbery at college lit magazines, and don't greet people by nuzzling their butts. Laughs are inconsistent. Writer-performer Homer Marrs has some creative ideas: an improv bit set at an audition has audience members reading dialogue with increasingly absurd stage directions (like "Now with more stain-fighting power") off a screen. But most lose traction under Todd Edwards's direction, due to sluggish or overzealous acting and lethargic timing--even from the lighting guy. --Ryan Hubbard



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