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A Child's History of Bombing


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This Neo-Futurist lecture-demonstration on American militaristic zeal is mistitled. Thankfully its droll ironies are decidedly unchildlike, and its many stylistically diverse segments form less a history than an idiosyncratic inquiry into select wartime atrocities. Writer-performers Greg Allen and Donovan Sherman struggle to find a coherent thread through their onslaught of props, and often their politics--particularly their racial politics--are too broad to be meaningful. But at times their tiny gestures artfully convey the enormity of mass destruction: they stage the U.S. bombing of Tokyo, which killed 100,000 civilians in a single day, by letting a delicate paper house burn in silence for 30 seconds. With judicious editing, the show might exhibit that kind of poetic intensity throughout. Through 3/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland (second floor), 773-275-5255, $10-$15, "pay what you can" Thu.

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