An Interrogation Primer | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

An Interrogation Primer Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

The Army Intelligence field manual enumerates 17 approaches to interrogating a detainee; like most attempts to systematize human relations, the techniques—including "Direct," "Fear-Up (Harsh)," "Fear-Up (Mild)," "Pride and Ego-Down," and "We Know All"—have an eerie, menacing ring to them. They also provide little assistance when you're in the field and your friends are getting blown up every day and you're seated across from another human being literally reeking of fear, according to this gripping one-act by Michael Nowacki, a former army interrogator. Nowacki approaches both detainees and detainers with a quality not covered in the field manual—empathy. Sean Bolger does a convincing Fear-Up (Mild) as the soldier debriefing us in this straightforward solo performance, but fails to convey a sense of being haunted by what he's seen. —Zac Thompson

Price: $5-$15

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