The Realm | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2016

Water on earth has nearly run out. Everyone lives underground. Children routinely kill their parents at retirement age. The air makes people gradually forget language, extinguishing their desires and making them easily controlled by the never-seen leaders of the Realm. Playwright Sarah Myers packs her new drama with lots of potent ideas, but as George Orwell showed, the trick to making a dystopian future convincing is rigorous internal logic. Here Myers falls short. Why would language loss suppress desire? Why has humanity moved underground? And if the Realm’s leaders' greatest fear is that a citizen will escape aboveground, why is an unlocked escape hatch always accessible by ladder? Director Kelly Howe nicely exploits the script’s creepy menace, but buying into this world is arduous.—Justin Hayford

Price: $25


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