Saturday, December 29, 2012
“Stitched & Seriously Unprepared Prepares” is a double bill of two popular sketch comedy teams who use unconventional paths to explore a variety of dark worlds, scary characters, and hidden truths. In other words, real life as seen through the eyes of Annoyance Theatre performers.
“Stitched” is directed by Anneliese Toft and stars three actors -- Erin Johnson, Jack Farrell, and Wolfgang Stein -- who begin the show as solo players, but as scenes overlap, get stitched together into two and three person scenes. Unusual in concept, the actors’ separateness dissolves until their likemindedness and similarities mold the three shows into one. The dark world inhabited by “Stitched” may find its characters facing a hot microphone, or introducing a child-murdering mother. Or not. “Dark comedy to us is in the unrealized truth revealed,” explains Jack Farrell. “We use characters to expose the soft, vulnerable underbelly of life through accentuated slices-of-life scenes.”
“Seriously Unprepared Prepares” features the comedy duo favorites, Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, who have performed as part of the larger team, “Seriously Unprepared.” This Annoyance version, directed by Ryan McDermott, presents a 30-minute, fast-paced sketch show that zooms from low- to high-brow and encourages its audience do some post-show pondering of what really went on before their eyes. Topics range from somber death row and funeral backdrops to a raunchy Victoria's Secret lunchbox. “Expect pee bits as well as fun,” warns Jo Scott. “There will be fun.”
“Stitched & Seriously Unprepared Prepares” plays Sunday nights, 8 p.m., January 13 - February 3, 2013. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the company’s website www.annoyanceproductions.com or by calling the box office: 773.561.HONK (4665). The Annoyance is located at 4830 N. Broadway, Chicago, Illinois, 60640.
CONTACT: JON SILVER
Managing Director, Annoyance Theatre