Strangest Things! The Musical | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Molly LeCaptain

Ashley Pettit

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through July 8 2017
Price: $20
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The second poor ol' Barb, the hapless ancillary breakout character in Netflix's thriller series hit the small screen, just about every drag queen in America started cutting up muslin for their own interpretations. The one Christian Siebert serves up in Bryan Reynaud and Emily Schmidt's musical parody is particularly good-natured and fun, as are Molly LeCaptain's face-pulling Winona Ryder and Jaron Bellar's genre-spoofing jerk boyfriend. The full original cast of Random Acts' Netflix series parody, directed by Tommy Rivera-Vega, returns for this extension, which combines sketch-style comedy and Stranger Things-themed versions of 80s karaoke standards. Squeezing in eight episodes' worth of mythology gunks up some of the comedic rhythm, and some of the political jokes probably would have landed better back in October, but as a late-night romp this hits a lot of satisfying, low-budget musical comedy notes. —Dan Jakes

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