Armageddon Dance Party | Gorilla Tango Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Armageddon Dance Party The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays. Continues through Aug. 23 2010

The telling thing isn't what David Williams's nine characters do when they hear the world is ending. It's what they don't do. Not one of them makes a farewell call to family or friends. Not one prays--though they consider it as a group and dismiss the idea as too little too late. And not one makes more than a fleeting effort to hook into what must be a vast human response to the event. I mean, when the World Trade Center buildings fell, I basically sat in front of the TV for three days; when the Bulls won their championships, I went outside to hear the neighborhood roar. These guys are on the cusp of Armageddon and they do none of the above. Why the odd behavior? It's partly because Williams's story crumbles if they don't remain sequestered in the apartment where they try to party away the apocalypse, and partly because the moral of that story crumbles if they don't all make certain, very narrow choices. The play is a contrivance in the service of a message--and a fairly ugly message, at that. --Tony Adler

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