Monday, July 30, 2012

Annoyance brings more "Steam"

It looks like Chicagoans will have a couple more chances to go down the hole.

The Annoyance Theatre has extended the late night hit "Steamwerkz: The Musical" through Oct. 5.

The modern-day retelling of Alice in Wonderland is a "gay fantasia on local themes" (eat your heart out, Tony Kushner). Critics (inluding yours truly) have called it of the funniest shows of the summer. It has been referred to as the "Wicked" of Uptown (presumably where the towels --and not some green-skinned witch-- defy gravity on Friday nights). You can read my review posted here:

"The show has been sold out since we opened, so we're riding it 'til it goes limp" quips director Clay Goodpasture. "The cast and I are thrilled that it has been 'extended' for another long, hard month."

The original cast will remain in place for the extended run with the expection of Ben Kramer (Dewayne and Mad Max) who will depart the show on Aug. 31. pHProductions, GayCo and Second City actor Brett Mannes dons the towel beginning Sept. 7 .

“Steamwerkz: The Musical” runs Fridays at 10 p.m. through Oct. 5 (no show Aug. 17) at the Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Tickets, $20. Call (773) 561-4665.

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