Connected | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Connected The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 29 2016

What starts out as a brief and idiosyncratic history of the cosmos morphs into a sci-fi prophecy of earth’s doom in this earnest but scatterbrained show written and staged by Collaboraction artistic director Anthony Moseley. Throughout the piece, a strong emphasis is placed on communication, technology, and humans gathering around campfires, but it’s never clear how those themes relate to the script’s dire warnings about war and climate change. Moseley’s pageantlike staging alternates between portentous declamation and touchy-feely sentiment, with breaks for excruciating interactions with the audience, who are asked to dance, take selfies, and share personal information with the group. The production’s overstuffed design elements include movement work, lighting effects, and sophisticated video projections. I’d trade them all in for a little clarity and focus. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$30

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