Hobohemia: Disorderly Conduct as One of the Fine Arts | Bughouse Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Hobohemia: Disorderly Conduct as One of the Fine Arts 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 2 2015
Price: $15
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This shaggy show from Odradek Theatre Company celebrates the Dil Pickle Club, a raucous cabaret on the Near North Side where, from 1914 to the early 1930s, a bohemian crowd gathered to debate, listen to radical lectures, and watch experimental plays. Instead of providing a straightforward history, playwright Michael Sater and director Ashley-Marie Quijano approximate the feel of the place, mixing together fiery speeches, period music, and backstage drama. They also rope in a retelling of the 1886 Haymarket riot and have two spirits—one nice, one nasty—clomping around the periphery in tap shoes. Maybe it’s unreasonable to expect order from a show about anarchists, but it’s often difficult to figure out what’s going on here or even what year it’s supposed to be. —Zac Thompson

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