Bombs, Babes, and Bingo | Teatro Luna | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 17 2012
Price: $15-$20
MortarTheatreCompany.org
With its clever bingo-ball gimmick, this frenetic Mortar Theatre show illustrates two points on the list of "25 Rules for Creating Good Theater" drawn up by Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen: #19, "Put the backstage on stage" (i.e., "don't hide the mechanics"), and #523, "Include a surprise." Institutionalized while recuperating from a brain injury, bomb maker Dennis attempts to piece together the dissolution of his family and the ethics of his career choice. Rachel Edwards Harvith's production suggests his disjointed headspace by using the bingo ball to randomize the order of scenes. The conceit is more inspired than the story it serves, but Harvith pumps it full of spontaneity and delightful, controlled chaos. Stephanie Stroud is a stand-out as Dennis's hapless wife. —Dan Jakes

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