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Austin D. Oie

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15 2017
Price: $20
redtapetheatre.org
The screams. My God, the screams. This multidisciplinary collaboration between Red Tape Theatre and Walkabout Theater pulverizes together The Cherry Orchard, The Trojan Women, Charles Mee excerpts, original monologues about gentrification and Englewood, movement pieces, and an endless playlist of moody music, all to tell a story about crumbling institutions (I think). The result is a dreamlike, thoroughly inexplicable wash of noise. Is it intended as absurdist comedy or heady performance art or something else entirely? Whatever the case, actors belt at the top of their lungs, speak over dialogue, and at multiple points throat-croak into a microphone for extended periods to produce a grating, godawful sound that merits review by The Hague. If this is the result, what on earth was the experiment? —Dan Jakes

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