The Thugs | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Thugs Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14 2008

Think of Adam Bock's hour-long, Obie-winning 2006 play as the world's best instructional demo on how not to manage an office. Diane runs a little white-collar sweatshop where she oversees six temps--marginal personalities all--as they do something involving highlighters and staples to stacks of legal documents. Tightly wound herself, she does pretty much everything you shouldn't do if you want to maintain morale and productivity--play favorites, designate scapegoats, infantilize staff--and more, and worse. When rumors surface about murders in the building, her dysfunctional little subculture implodes. Joe Jahraus's uneven staging can get too nuanced for its own good, losing its dramatic arc in actorly tics. Still, it creeps up on you as the thugs make themselves known and the victims pile up. --Tony Adler

Price: $20-$25

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