House Party, 1923: Obsession | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

House Party, 1923: Obsession Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 5 2016

The premise of this listless one-act play calls to mind The Great Gatsby; set during the Jazz Age, it unfolds at a gin-soaked shindig hosted by a mysterious millionaire. With very little prompting, several interchangeable guests begin making confessions about secret loves and the various ways they’re haunted by the past. But everything about the execution is halfhearted: the aimless script (which was written by the cast), the ho-hum performances, and an interactive component that’s dropped about a quarter of the way through, after one unlucky audience member has been dragged onstage to look uncomfortable. Things are so tepid and muddled, it’s hard to say after the half-hour show’s abrupt ending whether you’ve just seen a comedy, a drama, or what. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15, $12 students

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