Strokes Before the Coming of Midnight and Dead. Drunk. Girls. | Gorilla Tango Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Strokes Before the Coming of Midnight and Dead. Drunk. Girls. Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Oct. 31 2013
Price: $18-$24
Oof. You expect the low-rent, the half baked, the ham-handed, the silly, the sloppy, the gross, the crude, not to say the stupid from any given Halloween production. It's part of the anarchic spirit of the holiday. But you kind of hope the engaging, or even just the competent, will also find a way into the mix. Boy, is that ever not the case with this double bill from the Arts Before Entertainment Collective. The one and only canny bit of stagecraft in the whole 60-minute show is the anonymous director's decision to pass straight from the first play to the second without a break, making it difficult for an unhappy audience member to exit gracefully. Strokes is garbled, insipid, and dungeon-dark; Dead, more of the same, but with a useful moral—never accept cunnilingus from a zombie—and marginally better lighting. —Tony Adler



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