Burn: The Nowhere Hotshots vs. the Brain-Plant From Beyond the Moon | Gorilla Tango Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jay Petrone, Patrick Hickey, and Becca Russo

Jay Petrone, Patrick Hickey, and Becca Russo

Michael Solomon

Burn: The Nowhere Hotshots vs. the Brain-Plant From Beyond the Moon 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 4 2017
Price: $15
Writer and director Peter Storey taps into his personal experience fighting forest fires for this experimental sci-fi poetry thriller. An elite squad of first responders dubbed "hotshots" are called to action when a sinister sentient plant wreaks havoc across the world by hooking humans on a smokable drug called Queen. There doesn't seem to be a consensus among the cast of what the drug does, exactly, and the 15 actors, often blocked to be onstage simultaneously, understandably appear preoccupied with the task of finding space on Gorilla Tango's cabaret-size stage. The inherent Starship Troopers camp factor of the premise goes unaccounted for; instead, it's treated as deadly serious, and grunted, sometimes flat-out inaudible readings don't help matters. —Dan Jakes
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