15 Minutes | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

15 Minutes Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 26 2011

In Aaron Dean and Mitch Vermeersch's coy, enigmatic dystopia, plagues and nuclear contamination have left people terrified to share the same room, let alone touch. So they live in tiny, sealed cubes where they do little but send out instant messages and update their Web pages, convinced that getting enough hits will lead to popularity and wealth. When five adventurous souls join a radical experiment to live together in an old-fashioned house, they discover how confusing the "outside world" really is: no one understands, for instance, why pouring whole coffee beans into cold water fails to produce coffee. Dean and Vermeersch's insightful, elliptical writing steers clear of cliche, and Allison Shoemaker's thoughtful staging for the Ruckus Theater is consistently engaging. A perfunctory conclusion is the only disappointment. --Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$15


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