The Chiraq Wall Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 15 2017

Chicago civic order has collapsed. Finn and Cutter, fending their way through an abandoned city walled off from the rest of the nation and patrolled by sadistic federal police and marauding gangs, first attack each other, then team up in an effort to find a way out. Playwright and director Jeff Newman’s dystopic one-act is the sort that invites testosterone-fueled overacting, but fortunately Newman and company play things tight to the vest (except during multiple eruptions of terrifically unconvincing stage violence), resulting in a thoughtful, tense, and occasionally philosophical pulp fantasy. Though there's some irony overkill via a roving madman quoting various American presidents between scenes, the story avoids easy moralizing and overwrought symbology, ultimately asking us to ponder interpersonal responsibility in an amoral world.—Justin Hayford

Price: $15

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