Dog Night | North Lakeside Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 1 2016

For Dog Night, everybody gets a mask. You mill around the wood-paneled foyer at Gunder House (aka the North Lakeside Cultural Center), a slightly spooky old mansion, thinking, “Cool place for a play—when does it start?” It already has. A certain Professor Mott (Ben Kemper) is here to give a lecture to the “Ecto-Effigical Empirical Historical Society of Chicago,” to which you suddenly belong. The real estate developer who just introduced himself to you, is he an actor? These people shouting about—what did they say?—a dog in the attic? Are they actors? Hard to say. The lights flicker. It’s an old building, these things happen . . . or do the ghosts of its gruesome history want revenge? With Dog Night, Rabid Bat Theatricals has crafted a hair-raising immersive theatrical experience of the first order. It’s beautiful and dangerous; it urges—and repays—total engagement in its experiments. Catch it before it closes this weekend. —Max Maller

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