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The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar

851 W Belmont Ave, Fl 2, Chicago, IL 60657-4401
+1 773-697-9693
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The Annoyance Theater is a basic local comedy club with talent that are honing their skills... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2018
LouiseASL
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Los Angeles, California
Hitch Cocktails

Hitch Cocktails is an ad libbed play based loosely on one or more Hitchcock movies. This particular... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
John F
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Setauket, New York
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The Annoyance is a popular theatre and bar that provides year round entertaiment, mostly in comedy and improvisation. Known for their edgy, sometimes outrageous humor, Annoyance provides a safe bet for those seeking off-the-beaten-track entertainment fair. The bar provides a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with board games and great contemporary music.
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851 W Belmont Ave, Fl 2, Chicago, IL 60657-4401
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

The Annoyance Theater is a basic local comedy club with talent that are honing their skills. Sadly, the night we attended the Fire and Beer performance was lacking in humor and simply "not good". There were a few sketches that had some break-out moments, but...More

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jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Sorry you didn't enjoy the show you saw, but hope you had a good experience at our theatre and bar. Agreed - not all shows are going to hit, but we do run 32 different shows a week, so there's usually something for everyone to...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Hitch Cocktails is an ad libbed play based loosely on one or more Hitchcock movies. This particular play was set in a corn field (audience suggestion). Liberally sprinkled with Psycho, The Lady Vanishes, The Birds and others. When a cast member actually says a Hitchcock...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Annoyance Theater is a nice venue with some interesting shows ... all let down by an arrogant and self-important bar/lobby area. Perhaps the staff have taken the 'Annoyance' name as a theme for treating customers? The staff seem to expect customers to know how they...More

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jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Hi Peter, I'm so sorry to see this review - especially because our bar is usually something we get great compliments for. Your points will be shared with our staff, and I'll make sure we do a better job of communicating to our customers how...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

When in Chicago, go see improv at the Annoyance theatre or at IO Chicago. The Annoyance theatre tends to break the rules with their improv. I came on a Saturday night and saw House and Brew. They are one of their house improv teams. It...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Recently viewed a production of Steamworks. Theatre is set up in a comedy style format. No bad seats in the house but a small menu even in the large theatre. A nice new find - my first visit.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Saw two shows at this great intamate theatre in one night. I had enjoyed the first show so much, I took the actors advice and went to the next show! The talent and of the actors at Annoyance is phenomenal! Non stop laughs, and true...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Really good performance in small theater - improv by Fire and Beer. Laughed the whole time. Prices are great for tickets and beer prices reasonable too. Great way to spend an evening.

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jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

So glad you enjoyed your time -please come back for more!

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

For years we have gone to Second City but decided to try something different. We saw "The Dead Boy Scout Musical" which generated few laughs. Certainly this was much cheaper than Second City but you get what you pay for. Plus parking in the Newtown...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This place teaches a much more complicated school of improv. So, if you take classes/workshops there you'll find a huge difference than the other improv places in town. They have great shows here and they are a lot of fun. Trigger-happy on Wednesday nights is...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2016

All 4 performers were lots of fun - providing fun music with hilarious lyrics and performance. A GREAT time for everyone of all ages (well for adults).

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jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2016

So glad you enjoyed the show! Thanks for your review :)

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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
There is a full bar. The food list is short and snack like. Eat first . Laugh later. Be prepared to bring a sense of humor, and tissues, you'll laugh till you cry.
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