Extraordinary Rendition: Torture, Music, Frivolity | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Extraordinary Rendition: Torture, Music, Frivolity 

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 13 2014
Price: $12 online in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door
The folks behind this Rhinoceros Theater Festival entry call it an "absurdist black comedy." They may also consider it a satire, since it targets CIA "black ops" kidnappings and torture. But they'd be overreaching on both counts. What the show is is a rubber-chicken slapstick, with sardonic grace notes thrown in to give the impression that there's some kind of deep joke going on—which there ain't. Both as playwright and cast member, Paul Carr tries to impart a Hunter S. Thompsonesque, ingested-it-all tone to the tale of Lopsided Louie and his cousin Caroline—a couple of low-IQ lowlifes who get collaterally damaged by equally stupid government agents looking for a microchip. Actually, there's potential in the premise. But Carr and company are way too sloppy and complacent to capitalize on it. —Tony Adler



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