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Graphomania Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 1 2012

Since exploding onto the Chicago performance scene in 1995, Plasticene has presented 15 fevered, disjointed physical theater pieces that hovered tantalizingly on the brink of intelligibility. Fittingly their final piece, an hour-long, poker-faced paranoid fantasy, is all about making sense of senselessness. A trio of overzealous, befuddled intelligence officials work overtime to turn disconnected, meaningless surveillance reports of a young couple into a coherent national security threat. For the first half director Dexter Bullard stages some of the simplest, most evocative images in the company’s history. The actors perform a menacing ballet just by rolling enormous chalkboards around the space. In the second half things grow increasingly and uncharacteristically literal, deciphering many of the mysteries that give the work its intrigue. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$20


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