Tim Miller | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 21 2010

In his latest solo show, Lay of the Land, self-described queer performer Tim Miller uses the experience of being summoned for jury duty to explore the notion that Americans "love judgment" because we're secretly afraid of being judged for the crimes we've committed--both as individuals and as a nation. Miller's high-energy, quirkily digressive piece juxtaposes California's same-sex marriage ban--approved by a "jury" of voters in 2008--with the landmark lawsuit brought 20 years ago by Miller, Karen Finley, John Fleck, and Holly Hughes when their National Endowment for the Arts grants were revoked because of the sexual content of their work. (Miller sardonically notes that Jay Bybee, author of an infamous Justice Department memo condoning the use of torture, now sits on the court that ruled in the NEA Four's favor.) Political diatribe gets mixed with camp, irony, outrage, and reminiscence as Miller relates anecdotes that start with his boyhood in Whittier, California, and run up to his present-day travels around America to get "the lay of the land." Presented as part of Victory Gardens's Fresh Squeezed series, The Lay of the Land runs in rep with The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) by Miller's NEA Four comrade Hughes (whose show starts 3/18). --Albert Williams

Price: $25


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