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When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 5 2014

In this 20-minute curiosity from Dream Theatre Company, playwright Jeremy Menekseoglu and director Greg Callozzo follow the conventions of old-timey silent movies—broad gestural acting, a black-and-white color scheme, and even projected intertitles to relay settings and dialogue. The thin plot involves an inventor who, after being abandoned by his wife, decides to take revenge on the world by creating a homicidal robot that looks like Darth Vader in a steel-wool tutu. Eventually the plan endangers the inventor's beloved daughter. Despite a game all-female cast and an entertainingly creepy surprise ending, the show feels slapdash and unfinished. As an example of what the gifted Menekseoglu can do, it barely qualifies as an amuse-bouche, much less a full course. Part of the Chicago Fringe Festival. —Zac Thompson

Price: $10


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