Psycho-so-Matic | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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Walkabout Theater Company's nearly wordless 70-minute piece, performed in a Laundromat, crosses Beckett with Sesame Street. Five characters including an aged, muttering attendant go way beyond eccentricity: a businesswoman wriggles out of her stained underpants while talking on her cell, a man who brings in his own votive candle and crucifix pulls out a knife and cuts a big hole in one of his shirts. Blessedly free of contrived romances and conflicts, Psycho-so-Matic's "story" follows the laundry process: machine filling, wash cycle, spin cycle, drying. The piece might be about the yuppification of the city--everyone seems to be a spirit of the laundry except the businesswoman--but ultimately no one truly affects anyone else. And though the performers are admirably agile, committed, and adept at physical comedy, their interactions don't coalesce into a meaningful whole. Finally this is an entertaining but somewhat aimless oddity. Opens Fri 5/6, 9:30 PM. Through 6/4: Fri-Sat 9:30 PM. Speed Wash Laundromat, 4721 N. Damen, 312-458-0566. $15.

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