Just Numbers | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Just Numbers Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 11 2016

The issues brought up by this ensemble of poet-actors from Chicago Slam Works are painfully familiar to anyone who cares about education in America: snake-oil “reforms,” charlatan charter schools, and, above all, the cult of the standardized test. But the hybrid nature of the show—part poetry slam, part group-written play—brings out the worst in both genres. The story, about eight students who run afoul of school authorities when they rebel against the ACT, is predictable and underwritten. The poems are standard-issue slam screeds that too often substitute self-righteous rage for revelation. That these performers create as much drama as they do on a mostly bare stage makes me wish they had written stronger material for themselves. —Jack Helbig

Price: $10-$25

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