1985 Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2009

Considering how unhappy Chicago Bears fans have been lately, this seems as good a time as any to skewer one of the franchise's sacred cows: the legendary 1985 Super Bowl champs. That's what Chas Vrba sets out to do in this alternate history reimagining that storied season as an Orwellian nightmare. Bear Nation is a totalitarian dystopia where citizens are forced to live in collective "Dens," express themselves in pun-laden Bearspeak, and submit to constant surveillance by "Papa Bear" George Halas. Freedom's last hope: an operative working for the Miami Dolphins of Flordonia. Eric Roach's production for the Factory Theater strikes the right note of barbed silliness, while Vrba's script evokes two emotions perfectly suited to a story about Chicago sports--nostalgia and disenchantment. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$20

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