Sketchbook 14: 2049 | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: May 22-June 15 2014
Price: $30, $50 for both programs
"Selfie!" a Sketchbook audience member yelled when asked to toss out a word that best sums up the state of civilization. The word also happens to accurately describe Sketchbook 14: 2049, Collaboraction's festival of 17 new short plays. As the "2049" might indicate, this year's fest has a postapocalyptic theme, but the offerings seem to mirror our current digitally driven times, giving us many a self-absorbed character high on pain, loneliness, and futility. Some plays here feel like they're reaching out to the universe for the keys to unlock humanity. And some feel like they were dropped from outer space, only to begin drunkenly pounding on a neighbor's door to let them in. The play that without doubt gets handed the freaking keys is Asshole, Lisa Kenner Grissom's one-woman show about the "infernal ass pain" of having a hemorrhoid. Actress Sarah Gitenstein carries out Grissom's vision with dutiful joy, finding the high highs and low lows that come with complications from those "universally accepted ugly words" "anus" and "rectum." Continue reading >>

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