The Conquest of the South Pole | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Conquest of the South Pole Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 28 2011

Middle-aged, jobless slacker Slupianek convinces three unemployed buddies--and some guy who alternately stutters and impersonates a dog--to sequester themselves in an attic and reenact Roald Amundsen's 1910 journey to the South Pole. Not even a fed-up wife wielding a loaded pistol can get them to stop their game and look for work. It's only when they beat the crap out of some condescending guy at a birthday party and the homicidal wife decides she wants in on the polar fantasy that they shrug it off. Um, what? German playwright Manfred Karge provides no psychological or social context for the men's interminable childishness, so it's no surprise that Kimberly Senior's handsomely designed, well-acted Strawdog Theatre production feels empty. --Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$20


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