Verbatim Verboten | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Verbatim Verboten Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Feb. 3 2010

Michael Martin can be assured of one thing: he'll never run out of material for his staged reading series featuring asinine private utterances by public figures. Thanks to gossip rags, tabloid TV, the Internet, and an apparently limitless supply of idiotic celebrities, a new jaw-dropping gaffe seems to appear at least once in every 24-hour news cycle. In fact, the challenge nowadays must be sifting through this embarrassment of embarrassing riches. Unfortunately, on the night I saw Martin's latest roundup (scripts change every week), the selections were too familiar and the scripts-in-hand, idea-free staging looked like an early rehearsal. Still, kudos to the cast for soldiering on despite the usual barrage of technical problems at Mary's Attic. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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