Endlings | Berger Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Four strangers wake up in a cramped, windowless room. They have no idea how they got here and only vague recollections of their lives—names, occupations, and hometowns are about the extent of it. One by one, each of them is taken off to another room to be questioned and tortured by a gleefully vicious figure known only as the Doorman. The characters speculate that they’re being punished for something or even that they’ve died and gone to hell, but writer-director J.W. Brewer perversely withholds answers until the bitter end. As you’d expect from a riddle without a solution, this production from the Rum & Coke Collective is intriguing but unsatisfying. Still, Jeff Newman’s Doorman—played as a kind of demented satyr—is genuinely unsettling. —Zac Thompson

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