40 Whacks: The Annoyance Takes a Hatchet to History, and Some People

June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Noah Gregoropolous, Ellen Stoneking and Jennifer Estlin in 40 Whacks at the Annoyance Theatre

Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.
– Children’s Nursery Rhyme

On August 4, 1892, the town of Fall River, Massachusetts was scandalized by the brutal double homicide of two of their most prominent citizens.  Their daughter, the infamous Lizzie Borden, was arrested for the crime.  Just the sort of thing to sing and dance about!  40 Whacks is a macabre musical comedy in two acts, examining the lives of the Borden Family before the tragedy and the controversial murder trial that followed.  Take a trip into the dysfunctional Borden home and experience the intensely homicidal perspective of daughter Lizzie, who, after a failed poisoning attempt, sings that the question is now “axe or hatchet?”  40 Whacks features an all-star cast, plus sophisticated original music composed by the outstanding Lisa McQueen. This dark and thoughtful production explores the public’s fascination with death and violence, and questions whether Lizzie Borden found freedom in parricide (the murder of one’s parents).

.40 Whacks at the Annoyance Theatre
Starring Jennifer Estlin, Ellen Stoneking, Noah Gregoropolous, Mike Maltz, Sherman Edwards, Chelsea Farmer and Cristin McAlister.  Written by Aggie Hewitt.  Directed by Irene Marquette, with musical direction by Lisa Mcqueen.

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Fridays @ 8PM through August 6, 2010.

The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 4830 N Broadway (just north of Lawrence Ave), Chicago.

$15 tickets are available at 773.561.4665 or online at TheAnnoyance.com.

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