El Stories: Listen to the Music | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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El Stories: Listen to the Music 

When: Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 30 2014
Price: $20
As I headed into the Waltzing Mechanics’ 16th collection of transit tales, a cast member asked if I had a good el story. I hastily described the time someone's bright-orange vomit ricocheted off a window and onto my shoulder. He asked a couple broad questions that elicited few additional details, then sent me into the theater. I suspect the folks who conduct the interviews to get material for El Stories proceed in a similar manner. Like previous incarnations I've seen, this late-night show consists mostly of fleeting incidents with hardly enough development to qualify as anecdotes, let alone stories, presented with unwavering earnest literalness. Each of the 15 pieces involves music, which can aggravate, captivate, or unify, as is made clear repeatedly throughout the hour. —Justin Hayford



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