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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 29 2009
Phone: 312-226-9633
Price: $15 suggested donation
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Director Sam Porretta and his adventurous design team have transformed a massive industrial space into a chimerical wonderland where cultishly cheerful people in bolero costumes scan audience members' brains for memories, pack the memories into a shiny red box, and enact chirpy rituals purportedly exploring the nature of gift giving. When a few disgruntled underlings revolt and open the red box, the rituals suddenly become dark, messy, and emotionally revealing. Collaboraction's 80-minute performance installation is light on content, but the concept carries it. The piece might be stronger without any of the dark rituals, since the provocatively weird relations among the cult members are much more entertaining and mysterious than the perfunctory attempts to explore what "gifting" might mean. --Justin Hayford

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