Cast: Ellen Stoneking, Noah Gregoropoulos, Jennifer Estlin, Sherman Edwards, Chelsea Farmer, Mike Maltz, Cristin McAlister
Music: Lisa McQueen
Written: Aggie Hewitt
2010 Annoyance Theater
A musical based on the Borden murders and trial, I directed the show and developed it with writer Aggie Hewitt. Originally scheduled to run for 8 weeks, 40 Whacks opened as part of the 2010 Just for Laughs Festival and ran until the end of October that year.
New City Recommended
2010 Orgie Award Winner for “Production Joie de Vivre”
What amazes most about this production is its restraint. Marquette has adhered to a little more class and period consciousness than one usually sees in Annoyance productions. Higher production values in scenic design and costuming, coupled with hints of ragtime in McQueen’s musical score, give the audience a stronger sense of old-timey mass murder–all the better with which to sail into the production’s more off-the-wall, anachronistic moments.
- Paige Listerud
Chicago Theater Beat
Poster by Griffen Eckstein