Hammer | RBP Rorschach | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hammer The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 9 2013

If Stephen Gawrit's new musical terrifies, it's unfortunately not in the way he'd like it to. Visually powerful, but in every other way a mess, this "perverted mythology" takes place in the Catholic-flavored mental purgatory of a man wracked with guilt over past misdeeds. Gawrit, who also directs, is too busy engaging his themes to engage his audience, and the resulting experience of this Right Brain Project production is purgatorial indeed. A couple of the songs, cowritten by Gawrit and Trevor Watkin, are catchy enough. But they, along with the "extreme violence and nudity" that the press release overpromises, aren't enough to bring salvation to this troubled piece of work. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$20