Engage! A Choose-Your-Own Sci-Fight Show | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Courtesy Stellar Productions

Engage! A Choose-Your-Own Sci-Fight Show 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 25 2017
Price: $20, $5 for repeat performances
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One audience volunteer and a big, fluffy four-sided die determine the plot twists in this adventure quasi-comedy from Stellar Productions. In the right hands, onstage parlor games over seemingly nonexistent stakes can be real hoot—but not when they amount to tests of basic motor skills, as they do here. Challenges include removing huge, clearly marked cables from hooks on a board, fitting Tetris-style blocks into a much larger box, and sticking red and blue plugs into their corresponding red and blue outlets. The backs of cereal boxes are more engaging. Making things worse, the "spoof" story based on recent sci-fi fare like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Guardians of the Galaxy is less send-up than flat imitation, one aimed at an unclear demographic. Is this for kids? —Dan Jakes

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