The Raven and the Messenger | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays. Continues through July 25 2014
Price: $20, $15 for students
If any theatrical outfit in this town could pull off a musical comedy about the origin story of Jim Jones, the leader of the People's Temple who, in 1978, convinced 900 of his followers to kill themselves by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide, it's the Annoyance. And the cast, led by Paul Jurewicz as Jones, Laurel Krabacher as his wife Marcy, and Greg Hollimon as Reverend Major Jealous Divine (aka God), the charismatic preacher Jones sought out for guidance in cult leadership back in the early 1960s, turn in uniformly excellent performances. But even they can't overcome Charlie McCrackin's script, which involves too many lame jokes about female orgasms and also fails to make its point about the nature of evil and how it manifested itself in Jones. Maybe there's a great musical comedy about Jim Jones out there, but this isn't it. —Aimee Levitt



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