The Paradox of Insanity...I Mean, Humanity | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

The Paradox of Insanity...I Mean, Humanity


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Six months after its original run at Live Bait, Rick Almada's one-man show is tighter, cleaner, sharper--and as baffling as ever. Among his blunt, charmless, self-important characters are a sauced would-be pugilist trying out his pickup lines in a singles bar, an infomercial host peddling do-it-yourself everything, and a failed local business leader telling a graduating class just how bleak its prospects are. Yet Almada's exquisitely subtle performance brings out the aching hearts in all his creations, while his unconventional imagery gives the brain ample food for thought. How all these pieces tie together, or why Almada ends the evening stuffed in a futuristic silver contraption, is anyone's guess. But in a city where most comedy is self-evident and unimaginative, it's refreshing to leave the theater delighted and mystified. Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan, 773-871-0442. February 7 through March 1: Fridays-Saturdays, 9:30 PM. $10. --Justin Hayford

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Martin Musker.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →