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Review Mon Apr 09 2012

Why the Long Facebook Sketch Comedy @ Stage 773

pressrelease2.jpgThere's a new sketch group on the Chicago scene. Created by veteran Chicago writers, actors, producers and a few new faces, Dark Humor Productions is presenting its first sketch comedy show,Why the Long Facebook? at Stage 773.

The show is anchored on the platform of self-involved virtual interaction. The crew pokes fun at the absurdist online realm in which people share their every waking moment with the world, from the emotional to the mundane. Though punctuated with pithy one-liners about status updates, the show branches out beyond satirical Facebook posts to create a well-rounded production with some clever scenes that not only ridicule the ridiculous, but also reflect the humor in humanity.

Possibly one of the best sketches of the entire show, and a reason in and of itself to see Why the Long Facebook? is the stellar delivery of a rap about a ghost who is looking for love. This particular scene will have you it stitches and is highly quotable well after curtain call.

It may toe the line of crass at times (as most good comedy shows do), but the writing is typically witty and doesn't settle for the cheap laugh. The show is well paced, hardly skipping a beat between scenes and turning transitions into short sketches of their own. From the opening act to the final dance number (yes, they dance!) Why the Long Facebook will keep you laughing and is well worth a Poke, Like, and even a Friday night IRL.

The show takes place at 10 p.m. every Friday through May 25 at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased through the Stage 773 website.

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