Friday, June 19, 2009
Co-Ed Prison Sluts: The Musical
In Chicago, the longest-running musical is about a girl named Alice who is sent to a co-ed prison after killing her parents. While there she learns the ropes from a variety of prisoners who have interests from swearing in a theatrical prose to having sex with anything that moves. She also learns to fear...The Clown.
This production of The Annoyance Theatre was originally put on in 1988 and ran until 2000 when the old Annoyance Theater was demolished to make room for a Blockbuster, because there just aren't enough of those. Also, Mick Napier, author of the play, had his dog Kahlua as a cast member. Napier said the play would run until his dog died, and indeed the dog died.
The show was brought back for a limited run in July of 2008 in honor of its 20th Anniversary and it proved so popular it was given an open run.
So, the play itself now in 2009 is still not something you would want to take your Grandmother to. There's lots of swearing, songs about swearing, murder, cross-dressing and auto-erotic asphyxiation, but it all seems nice and quaint now. The play not as mind-blowing as I'm sure it was in 1988. I mean, in that time, we've had South Park.
Still, there is a reason that this show has run for so long - it's got some really catchy songs, it's really funny, and it's got a series of special guest dog cast members eating fake hamsters. If you are in the Chicago area on a Friday night and got $15, it's a good thing to see.