Push Button Murder | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Push Button Murder Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 8 2015

Becky and Roy, cynical navy pilots assigned to an underground Ohio bunker, monitor drones and fire lethal strikes whenever Control gives the word. When psychologist Preston shows up to assess their competence, they go into attack mode. Aboveground, downsized activist high school teacher Stacy begins to wonder if meaningful social change requires a meaningful body count. Steve J. Spencer packs his ambitious 95-minute drama with hot-button issues and digs into them with insight and audacity. Unfortunately, his stage world is implausible. Spencer's military setting lacks all military protocol; Becky and Roy not only backtalk their superiors but hold Preston captive for 24 hours without repercussions. Stacy moves from blogger to terrorist in a trice. Big ideas can't make up for a poorly vetted story. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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