Comedy

Piccolo Fringe: The Cody Rivers Show

When: Wed., June 2, 7-8 p.m., Thu., June 3, 7-8 p.m. and Fri., June 4, 9-10 p.m. 2010

Pushing the envelopes of dance, music, physical theatre and comedy, a unique show unlike any other comedy act, past or present. Part of Piccolo Fringe at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Dancing about architecture
Frank Zappa famously wrote that writing about music was like dancing about architecture. Trying to pin down what Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor do onstage in The Cody Rivers Show feels a lot like that statement. There is synchronized dance. There is slapstick comedy and a mesmerizing whirl of words. And you'll laugh so hard during the show, you won't realize you've learned something until after it's done.

All the critics love them
According to New York Theatre Wire, "The closest experience to it would be seeing Waiting for Godot performed by Chinese acrobats. No wonder they have an international cult following among audiences and theater professionals alike." Time Out Chicago calls the show, "Absolutely mesmerizing."

They make the local comedy gentry go "squee." The T99 crowd loves all their visitors from afar, but you can see a little extra blush in their cheeks when these guys step into the room.

Jason A. Zwiker

Price: $16/advance, $15/door

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