Into the Uncanny Valley | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Into the Uncanny Valley Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 7 2013

Set in 2032, this hour-long one-act from Rough House Theater offers a neat premise that satirizes present-day social media by positing a scary next step: an Internet-like "Neuronet," accessed by means of a chip embedded in the brain. Problem is, a programming error has fried not only the system but the psyches of billions of Neuronet users, who now survive as vegetables. Another problem is that the drama writer-director Mike Oleon has built around this conceit—the tale of a woman who cares for one such vegetable, her sister—is reductive in some respects and confusingly elaborated in others. Oleon has created two puppet androids that can be fascinating, even compelling at times, as when one of them channels the sister's trauma. Still, the show, like the future itself, exists mostly as potential. —Tony Adler

Price: $15


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