For One | North Lakeside Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Cody Jolly

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 30 2017
Price: $25-$30, sold out
The army of writers, performers, technicians, and stage managers teaming up for (Re)discover Theatre’s ambitious experiment turn a potentially alienating evening into an alluring, challenging, highly imaginative playground for grown-ups. Nine different ten-minute performances, most of which require viewer participation (in one, I was interviewed as a great artist), run concurrently in nine rooms of the Gunder Mansion. Audience members individually see five in an order determined by the drawing of cards. It sounds pretentious and uncomfortable (you’re the entire audience for each piece), but everything is expertly scaled for the intimate surroundings, and curator Janet Howe sets a good-humored tone by posting an absurdly long list of trigger warnings, including “coffee smells” and “assessing your feelings.” Best of all, you can play in five improv scenes without having to be funny. —Justin Hayford



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