Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NOT FUNNY: Annoyance Theater Says “He Ripped Us Off"

UPDATE: Additional video released by the theater to DNAInfo Chicago subsequent to our report shows the man taking laptops and other equipment valued at $3,500 after following someone into the building.
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A long-time North Side improv group says they want to identify the man who walked into their unlocked theater Saturday afternoon and took two laptops that are critical to their productions.

The alleged theft was caught on tape at the Annoyance Theater's new digs, 851 W. Belmont, on Saturday afternoon.

See original VIDEO HERE

“Six degrees of separation says someone knows this guy,” the theater says on its Facebook page.

“I'd love to find out that's true. If you see him in the neighborhood, let us know!”

Video footage shows a man sheepishly entering through a door, then making his way behind the bar. The DNA Info footage goes on to show him in the theaters and sound booths.


The theater is usually locked, Steven Gomez posted, but Saturday afternoon is “the one time of the week that the front door was unlocked for class, the lobby door was unlocked, and no one was at the bar. The guy probably knew that was the time to come in.”

The Annoyance, originally located on Broadway near Belmont in the 1990’s is home to such notable works as Co-Ed Prison Sluts. 
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23 comments:

  1. Welcome to the neighborhood. Lock your doors.

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  2. The old Annoyance Theater was on Clark St., just north of Wrigley. I went to Co-Ed Prison Sluts back in the day and was extremely disappointed that there wasn't any nudity. That was probably the only play I went to in my 15 years in Chicago.

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    1. The old, old, OLD Annoyance Theater was at 3153 N. Broadway. We, too, were disappointed in the amount of clothing involved.

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    2. I thought the Annoyance was on Broadway just north of Lawrence in Uptown not far from the post office and entertainment district.

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    3. I saw Cannibal Cheerleaders On Crack there in 1993 or so, had nudity but some was male lol.

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    4. Cannibal Cheerleaders was a different theater group---Torso Theater. I saw it at the Copernicus theater on Division. You're fight about the nudity......had a real funny line. Gay character looks out at audience and says "LOOK a Lesbian with a sense of humor".

      Annoyance left Uptown a few years back. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130924/uptown/annoyance-theatres-exit-left-void-on-broadway-business-owners-say

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  3. Co-Ed Prison Sluts was super funny! I had to attend a play for my drama class in high school...and thankfully I lived a block away from their old Clark St. location. So funny! Anyways, good luck on Helmont 'cuz you're going to need it. Oh, CWB...most of my life I lived in Lakeview & Wrigleyville but this fall I get to move! No more Tunny, Cubs, Crib, COH or Lake View thug life!

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    1. Be sure to visit. We'll miss ya!

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    2. You're doing the Lord's work, CWB.

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  4. Off the topic: The new Illinois law requiring your Police to give shitheads a signed receipt for each street stop, just killed pro active policing in Chicago. In Baltimore crime is off the charts because they alienated the Police dept. When Police stop frisking people, they are emboldened to pack illegal guns. Armed robberies and shootings will have a huge uptick. This new round of restrictions on law enforcement will have dire consequences.

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    1. I agree. Why is it that criminals have more rights than law-abiding citizens? Why do our elected "leaders" chose to protect people who rob, beat and terrorize us? If I were a cop, I'd be very hard pressed to do any proactive policing, less I be sued.

      Seems the inmates are in charge of the asylum, and as you stated the crime is going to be out of control. And since our policing staffing levels are critically low, I can't imagine just how bad it's gonna get. Scary, indeed!

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    2. This is no joke, the police are going to stay in their cars drinking coffee and leave the shitheads alone if society keeps this up. My only hope is that we in Lakeview/Roscoe Village etc. do not live in the ghetto, therefore our local coppers don't get treated like shit from the local residents (other than those hanging out at the Center of course) and are therefore more likely to help us out I HOPE. Assuming we can keep enough assigned to our district :-)

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    3. I read that this morning on Second City Cop. This law is truly frightening. So from what I understand, the cops have to put their name and badge number on the receipt. Isn't that dangerous for the cops??? These shitheads can track them down.

      The criminals have more protection and more f***ing rights than innocent, law abiding citizens.

      God bless you and protect you, police. There are people that still appreciate everything you do.

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    4. If the purpose is to stop racial profiling, why not make sure you stop as many of one race as another?

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    5. It's sad that criminals' right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure outweighs law abiding citizens' right to be free from assault and battery.

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    6. "It's sad that criminals' right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure outweighs law abiding citizens' right to be free from assault and battery."

      Could not have said it any better than this.

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  5. Confused by ABC7 video and article and this video.. guess the one here isn't all there is and different angles exist because he obviously isn't holding a laptop in this angle and the ABC video shot shows him carrying one. They also cast blame on the person in the wheelchair. Catch the thief!!

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-sneaks-into-lakeview-theater-to-steal-laptops-police-say/926666/

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  6. Back to the robbery, have they been able to release a better picture of the perp? The camera shows good definition of the bar, so I would think a close-up of the face could be made. He looks up to the camera at one point.
    Why can't cameras be place at eye level? Surely, they could be hidden from view, but still functional.

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    1. It continues to frustrate me that satellites orbiting 100 miles above the Earth have cameras with resolution powerful enough to clearly read street signs anywhere on the planet...yet every single security camera in banks, stores, and on the street provide only grainy, blurry, shitty video images in which it would be very difficult for anyone to identify a perp.

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    2. Agreed. The cameras in department stores like Macy's can zoom in right to the clerk or customers hands.

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    3. And google can capture a graphic shot of your daughters behind getting into her car on their street maps.

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  7. A problem is they've published a still, captured from a video, that was taken of a screen playing the original video. Several steps removed, each step degrading quality. They could've just published it straight from the surveillance system without loss. But not everyone knows such tech basics.

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  8. There's actually something quite heartening about this video - the people exiting the building prior to the young man's entrance never once view him with suspicion, much less call police about a suspicious person. This is something we can be proud of.

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