Final 2 Performances of Kristen Studard's "Small Victories: An Unflattering Vanity Project"

June 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Kristen Studard in Small Victories - Photo Credit Elizabeth   McQuern
Photo by Elizabeth McQuern

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Wacky, often hilariousStudard’s wit and excellent timing shine throughRecommended!” – Chicago Reader

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Studard is smart and ironicwinningly offbeat” – Chicago Tribune
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Kristen Studard in Small Victories  - Photo Credit Elizabeth   McQuern
Photo by Elizabeth McQuern

My friends, TONIGHT is the 2nd to last performance of Small Victories, the first solo show by the terrific Kristen Studard!  That means you must get to the Annoyance by 9:30pm or make plans for next Sunday to catch this great show before it’s gone!

But, I’m please to say that you’ll have a bonus opportunity because Kristen’s performance has already earned her a place in the upcoming Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival!  Catch her in Alone: Chicago’s Best Solo Acts, a showcase of individual performers being held at The Playground Theater.

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Small Victories: An Unflattering Vanity Project

Kristen Studard's "Small Victories" at Annoyance   Theater

Photo by Erin Nekervis

With a penchant for self-disclosure and an eye for the absurd, Kristen Studard’s solo show sheds a hilarious and often harsh light on the lies we tell ourselves to get through the day.  The versatile Studard, winner of the 2007 comedy talent competition Impress These Apes, takes the spotlight once again with unique characters that share secrets, fears and sexual confessions. Everyday household objects cry out their inner thoughts, a Hungry Hungry Hippo contemplates the loss of his appetite, and a girl scout invokes eugenics in a dog adoption debate.  The show’s memorable climax, featuring a lustful bee wooing a lonely house-flower, will give you a new respect for pollination.

 

Written and performed by Kristen Studard.  Directed by Kate Duffy.

Sundays @ 9:30pm through June 13.

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

$10 tickets are available at 773.561.4665 or online at TheAnnoyance.com.

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AND TWO SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AT JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO…

Small Victories featured in

Alone: Chicago’s Best Solo Acts
For the second year running, Alone unites the city’s best solo artists and puts them up in one place. Their rich character work and silly sensibilities unite for one hilarious evening, a run-down of the great solo work happening all over the Windy City.

Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19 @ 10:00pm.

The Playground Theater, 3209 N Halsted St (Halsted & Belmont).

Tickets and more information available at JustForLaughsChicago.com.

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Don’t miss her!

Kristen Studard's "Small Victories" at Annoyance Theater

Photo by Erin Nekervis

Small Victories – Kristen Studard's Smart & Funny Solo Show

April 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

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The critics have called comedian Kristen Studard…

Always a welcome presence on stage” – Newcity
Innovative” – Time Out Chicago
Genuinely unnerving” – The Apiary
Rubber-faced” – Chicago Reader

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I call her one funny lady.  And I’m very happy to be working with her to promote her brand new one woman show!

You might know Kristen as the winner of the 2nd season of Impress These Apes, the comedy talent competition judged by hyper-intelligent apes from the future.  If you missed it, enjoy this video of her hilarious final performance: 

I can’t get that damn song out of my head.  (And in an interesting bit of synchronicity, at last weekend’s Chicago Improv Fest shows at Laugh Out Loud, I heard it played as house music right before we took the stage.  Is my working for Kristen DESTINY?)

All of Kristen’s Apes performances are extremely funny and I encourage you to check them out if you have some time to kill.  I loved her puppetry act and her American Beauty reenactment especially.

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After proving herself in the creative meat grinder of the Apes‘ weekly challenges, Kristen wanted to push herself again.  So she’s tackled the ultimate challenge for a performer, writing her own solo show.  And this time the hyper-intelligent apes are people!

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In Small Victories, Kristen reclaims the spotlight to explore the little joys we find in life. The show is playful but sharp and sheds a hilarious and often harsh light on the lies we tell ourselves to get through each day.  Kristen’s characters take us to silly and absurd places while giving voice to irrational fears, secret shames and sexual confessions.  We meet a Hungry Hungry Hippo who might actually be full, hear what our household objects really think about their lives, and might even witness a bee’s steamy encounter with a lonely house-flower.

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Kristen’s the real deal.  Go see her show.  You will like it.

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Small Victories
Written and performed by Kristen Studard.  Directed by Kate Duffy.

Sundays @ 9:30pm, May 9 – June 13, 2010.

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

$10 tickets are available at 773.561.4665 or online at TheAnnoyance.com.


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