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Teagan Walsh-Davis and Nate Cheeseman

Teagan Walsh-Davis and Nate Cheeseman

Joseph Ramski

When: Fridays. Continues through March 4 2016
Price: $20
chicagoslamworks.com
Cabaret is about performing for the sake of performing. It’s showing up in your best clothes and singing your best songs. That’s what happens in Chicago Slam Works' Incendium— a crew of actors sing or “slam” (as in poetry slam) their own written material to entertain the captive audience in hell. I love seeing actors have fun, and when these performers improvise around their pieces, they light up. The poetry, though, is on the whole quite bad, although I enjoyed Angela Oliver’s song “Emotionless Sex," which brought the house down with laughter. A fickle meter, the anapest (so serviceable to Clement Clark Moore on the night before Christmas) is the undoing of a lengthy parable about the theater life, although Nate Cheeseman tries. Funnily enough, as this earnest cast insist, it turns out the afterlife is a lot like being a professional actor. You wait an eternity for the phone to ring, and when it does, you’re not supposed to pick up. —Max Maller

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