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This week's Culture Vultures recommend:

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Dance Dance Party Party, and the Salon Series


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Kimberly Atwood, owner of Elephant Room, opens her eyes for:

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind I first saw Too Much Light back in high school. As a rebellious teenager, taking the Orange Line to the Red or Brown Line for punk-rock concerts and thrift stores was a regular weekend excursion. When a friend told us about this quirky theater where they run 30 plays in an hour, we were immediately intrigued.

It was a freezing Chicago winter night. We arrived around 10:30 PM and got in line behind 30 or so people standing outside hopping up and down in the freezing cold, getting more and more excited waiting for the doors to open.

It was worth the wait! We were given colored tokens, herded into a large room, then called by our colors and rolled a die to determine how much we would pay to get in. The plays addressed social and political issues in sometimes brutally honest ways, and the interactive elements and raw talent of the performers definitely influenced my love of theater. As a teenager finding myself, I felt a bit more found in this place.

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