The Annoyance Christmas Pageant | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 18 2010
Price: $12-$16
If you expect dick jokes aplenty in your Annoyance holiday offerings, you'll be disappointed by this 80-minute oddity. The show consists of verbatim stagings of two classic animated television specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974). Phil Meister’s gung-ho cast tramp through these disjointed yet hyper-efficient stories with nary a salacious wink or double entendre, aping the originals' stilted line readings, choppy movements, clumpy blocking, and unimaginative dance routines. It's a giddy, Fluxus-esque celebration of amateurism, complete with a few actors lacking any semblance of stage presence. Lisa McQueen's jazz trio provide impeccable accompaniment throughout; their note-perfect rendition of Vince Guaraldi's inspired Charlie Brown score is worth the price of admission. --Justin Hayford

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