Z1G: EDM Suicide | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Z1G: EDM Suicide The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 27 2015

MCL Chicago’s third original production, an hour-long “1970s arena rock odyssey” penned by Michael Shepherd Jordan, pays kooky, confused homage to David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The play follows Z1G, a modern-day EDM superstar played by a likable Alex Garday, who’s sick of seeing only the back of his fans’ cell phones. Craving human connection in the digital age, he goes on several ill-advised drug binges, a la Ziggy’s “Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide," to find inspiration. The drug names (Killer Queens, Dusty Springfields, Tears of a Clown) are the best part of these side trips; a surprisingly outspoken and corny backing band, the Wenus From Venus, works too. But while the show’s message that we’re all “one universal rock machine” is spot-on, the path there fails to impress. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $20

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