Barbecue Apocalypse | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 15 2015
Price: $18
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In Matt Lyle’s tidy, overreaching 2014 comedy, a sextet of temperamentally invariable thirtysomethings—a money-grubbing boor, a condescending foodie, an intractable adolescent, etc—gather for a backyard barbecue, where nothing’s at stake for the entire first act except some hurt feelings. Thankfully, apocalypse descends during intermission, and in act two the social hierarchy has reversed. It turns out that loserdom has distinct advantages in cataclysmic times. It might all make for provocative theater if Lyle developed this world beyond a glib sketch (the one complex scene, when a murderous wayward drifter arrives from nowhere, ends abruptly and without consequence). Director Thomas Murray’s pleasant staging for the Ruckus lacks the satirical bite that might give the evening a genuine sense of danger. —Justin Hayford

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