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Tim Campos

Juan Fernandez

When: Thursdays. Continues through Dec. 22 2016
Price: $15
In 1998, when Tim Campos started working at a Ford Motor Company plant in Saline, Michigan, you might go nuts on the assembly line but you'd at least be well compensated for it. By the time he left Ford—in 2007, on the eve of the Great Recession—sales were down and the smarter employees were taking buyouts. Campos's 60-minute autobiographical monologue offers a shop-floor view of those years of dysfunction and disintegration, covering colleagues like Lurch and Skeletor, "Ford cocktails" made with vodka and Gatorade, elaborate system-gaming techniques, and the peculiar culture of what Campos variously characterizes as a prison, a bazaar, and a metal-roofed city where workers do the "blue-collar dance" of putting together Lincoln Continental dashboards, for instance, at the rate of one every 44 seconds. A good deal of what he shows us is as ugly as it is funny. But under Antoine McKay's direction, it's always vivid and engaging. —Tony Adler



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