No Stopping, No Warping, No Dying | The Artistic Home | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 16 2013
Phone: 877-811-411
Price: $12
Playwright Ed Krystosek illuminates the Mario Brothers' ethical universe in this canny, elegant 55-minute one-act from 1UP Productions. The video game's conventions carry over into the real lives of a pair of boyhood buddies (Player 1 and Player 2), sustaining and guiding their decades-long friendship. "Your turn to save the princess" becomes a refrain about parental responsibility. "Warping" corresponds to the delusion that it's possible to abscond to a simpler life on a whim, or, alternatively, to the distortions created by a nimble wit. Loss, too, is felt in Mario-esque terms—as a sudden, endless plunge into oblivion. That the play rises above its gimmick seems a fluke, but it's a rewarding and poignant fluke. —Jena Cutie



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