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Drinking & Writing Volume II: The Noble Experiment 

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Drinking and writing, the Neo-Futurists tell us, has a long, proud history. In this remounted show, which travels to five Chicago bars, Sean Benjamin, Chloe Johnston, and Steven Mosqueda focus on an era when it wasn't so easy to put a drink beside one's typewriter: Prohibition. The format blends audience participation (one can win a pint for answering a question correctly), facts about Prohibition, quotes from celebrated writers of that time, banter between players, and wry, moving first-person monologues--in the great Neo-Futurist tradition, by far the best part. On the whole, however, the show drags, bogged down by too many dull literary passages, foggy ideas, and the sort of rambling structure that might have been developed, well, in a bar. Thu 1/13, 8 PM. John Barleycorn, 658 W. Belden. Then Thu 1/20, 8 PM. Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E. 55th. Then Thu 1/27, 8 PM. Small Bar, 2956 N. Albany. Then Sun 1/30, 4 PM. Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Call 773-793-9408. $8-$12 in advance; "pay what you can" at the door. This theatrical "pub crawl" promotes the Drinking & Writing Festival and 10-Minute Radio Play Contest scheduled for next June.

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