Pontypool | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 2 2014
Price: $15
Tony Burgess adapts his 1995 novel Pontypool Changes Everything, about a small-town radio station lorded over by a wannabe shock jock hoping to offend his way to better ratings. But such toxic speech has dire consequences: a fatal virus is spreading among the townspeople, infecting them through language and reducing them to zombies who repeat single words endlessly. Burgess's metaphor for the mind-erasing effects of manipulative language—political spin, hate speech, advertising sloganeering—is potent. But it's all he's got, and he squanders it on an increasingly implausible story that ends by simply unraveling. Strawdog Theatre's hour-long production, directed by Anderson Lawfer, suffers from uneven pacing, half-committed performances, and a wildly uneven tone that makes neither the comedy nor the horror convincing. —Justin Hayford


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