Chicago – Huggable Riot will open the 2018 edition of its archive series, Hug It Out, which begins a six-week run Wednesday, January 10th at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Pulling from material from Huggable Riot’s past three years of revues, Hug It Out repackages and repurposes its best scenes into a brand new show with a brand new cast. The end result is a revue that draws from the anxieties and uncertainties faced every day as we navigate through an uncertain world, from trying to live among neighborhood gentrification to trying to survive the GOP zombie apocalypse.
“When looking back at our most recent shows, it was not surprising to see that much of our material tapped into the notions of anxiety, anger, and an utter lack of complicity for what was happening in the world,” says Mark Toriski, Director of Hug It Out. “But while these scenes are socially sardonic, there is an underlying message throughout that if we just get through our day to day and look out for one another, things will be okay.”
Hug It Out stars Josie Benedetti, Thomas P. Clune, Leah Judge, Wanjiku Kairu, Sarah Jean Peters, and Matt Waechter, with musical direction by Tony Belsito and stage direction by Jessica Thomas. The show will enjoy a six-week run every Wednesday at 8 pm beginning January 10th at the Annoyance, located at 851 W. Belmont, just east of the Belmont Red and Brown Line stops. The show is approximately one hour and costs $10 in advance (www.theannoyance.com), $12 day of the show.
For more information, view The Annoyance Theatre website at www.theannoyance.com or call the box office: 773.697.9693. The Annoyance is located at 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.