Stanley in the Name of Love | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 29 2015

The New Colony's almost correct calling its new show an "absurdist gay porn dance pop musical." It's got catchy original pop tunes, ready-for-MTV dance numbers, and starry-eyed twink Stanley, who's determined to save the dying earth by finding true love on a gay porn set. The story's logic may be gleefully tenuous (as it is in, say, children's television), but playwright and director Sean Kelly's show isn't absurd. It's ridiculous, at least by Charles Ludlam's standards. By the end of 80 explosive, spritely, hormonally hypercharged minutes, Kelly and company achieve Ludlam's goal of "illustrating hedonistic calculus," persuasively and giddily showing that vulgarity, shlock, and love share almost everything in common. The angsty ballet finale is overcooked, but most everything else is bracingly, thrillingly, unapologetically raw. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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