Methtacular! | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2014
Price: $35, $20 for students and seniors
Steven Strafford's autobiographical monologue about his three years as a crystal meth addict hits all the expected stops: initial experimentation leads to ever-escalating drug use, sexual overindulgence, and massive denial until nothing matters but his next bump. And it's all told through campy irony and occasional cabaret song. As a by-the-numbers cautionary tale it squeaks by on cheekiness, but as theater it rings hollow. Strafford's a relentlessly mannered performer; every gesture and glance feels calculated to achieve an effect—even when the effect is to appear unaffected—so his 90-minute life story becomes oddly impersonal. His hasty, suddenly earnest finale about his recovery comes across as pure self-congratulation. Adam Fitzgerald's unsubtle direction telegraphs exactly how we should feel about each moment in the story. —Justin Hayford



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