Super Picante | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Miguel Lepe, Jr.

Miguel Lepe, Jr.

Sam Bengtson

When: Fridays. Continues through June 17 2016
Price: $10
The most potent improv and sketch shows tend to directly reflect the unconventional observations of the casts who create them. So it's a shame more isn’t being done to diversify the theaters that showcase comedy in Chicago; the effort could offer audiences more complex and compelling scenes with a greater variety of viewpoints. Director Miguel Lepe Jr. directly addresses the dearth of Latin performers with Super Picante. The show’s a mixed bag—improv and sketch mingling with stand-up, storytelling, spoken word, and music—but the rotating all-Latin cast bring perspectives missing from the city’s comedy stages. Some scenes are entirely in Spanish. Not everyone in the audience will get each and every reference, but that's exactly why you should see this show. —A.J. Sørensen

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