Trash! | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Trash! The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 15 2016

Examining the concept of “trash” from every possible angle, this campy show from New American Folk Theatre centers on trashy former B-movie star Jinx Malibu (Anthony Whitaker), who lives with her white-trash family in a double-wide trailer full of, yes, trash. Out-of-towner Mr. Hollywood (Jamal Howard), columnist for a trash-talking celebrity blog, makes a pilgrimage to meet this kitsch icon only to find a household where savings are blown on scratch-off lottery tickets and dead dogs pile up under cast-off pizza boxes. To make matters worse, Jinx is no longer the jiggly pinup of yore but a pill-popping mound of flesh who believes that Mr. Hollywood has come to resurrect the Rocket Pussy franchise that made her career. Only Whitaker's comedic brilliance spares this play by Johnny Drago from the dumping ground. —Max Maller

Price: $20


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