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Ideation The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 17 2017

We're in a meeting room at a consulting firm (whiteboard, ergonomic chairs). Four consultants (MBAs, engineers) and an intern (Scooter) have been tasked with conceptualizing a system for the liquidation and disposal (killing and hiding) of a million or more victims in the (as yet) theoretical event of an extinction-level viral outbreak. The consultants focus all their brainpower and arrogance on ideating (brainstorming) the problem. But as they draw arrows and circles on the whiteboard ("LF" = "liquidation facility") it occurs to them that things may not be what they seem. The rest of Aaron Loeb's erudite dark comedy presents the spectacle of smart people going nuts, weighing a possible genocide against keeping their jobs. Gus Menary's Jackalope Theatre staging is hilarious and disquieting, its darkest joke being the first one: that these savants are gung ho as long as they think the job is just killing sick people. —Tony Adler

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