The Final Balloon | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 23 2013
Price: $20
Seventeen years before the goofy/terrifying "balloon boy" hoax of 2009—in which a Colorado mom and dad claimed their six-year-old had been borne aloft by a big helium balloon—the Annoyance Theatre folks brought a different Balloon Boy to the stage. This musical comedy, which premiered in 1992 as Your Butt, concerns a crew of lowlife tavern regulars who react with terror when a mysterious stranger they call the Balloon Boy (the chilling Connor Tillman) shows up and silently distributes balloons. Until a weak explanation dribbles out at the end, that's as far as the plot goes—which leaves director Charley Carroll and his cast treading water, with only unlikable characters and tolerable singing to pass the time. It's a dark and obnoxious piece of work, but also effective in its way, since dark and obnoxious is clearly the intended effect. —Keith Griffith



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