Short Attention Span Theatre | Chase Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16 2012
Price: $15
Fury Theatre's evening of six short plays (most come in at between 15 and 25 minutes) proves again and again that (a) brevity is the soul of wit and (b) time is absolutely relative in theater. Some of them feel endless, others pass so quickly you're sorry to see them go. The difference is simple. When they're well written, with sharp direction and strong performances—like The Antichrist Cometh, a comic take on the Second Coming, and The Latest News From the Primordial Ooze, a bittersweet romance about evolution—they're a joy. And the ones that are overwritten and weighed down by clumsy direction and stiff acting? Not so much. An example of the latter is Propaganda!, a complicated comedy that falls flat trying to be a relationship play, a parody of A Christmas Carol, and a satire on contemporary American life all at once. Happily, even the longest-feeling plays have to end eventually. —Jack Helbig



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