Pseudo-Chum | Neo-Futurarium | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 29 2014
Price: $20
In this absurd satire, writer/director/actors Sean and Carolyn Benjamin use fish to tell us it's a dog-eat-dog world. Depending on the situation—and, they suggest, the situation changes from moment to moment—we're all either sharks or chum, predators or the edible crap fishermen throw overboard to lure sharks to them. The Benjamins send the message in a luxuriously inefficient way, crosscutting between (a) a performance of a terrible play called Chum, about a dysfunctional fishing family hired to kill sharks for the Australian government; (b) comically tense rehearsals for the play; and (c) an interview between Chum's smoking-jacket-clad author and a smarmy television personality. Each element gets increasingly bizarre, but none of them actually goes anywhere. The occasional late-landing laugh or wild idea notwithstanding, this 90-minute show could've done everything it needed to do in 30. —Tony Adler



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