The Burden of Not Having a Tail | Chicago Dramatists | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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The Burden of Not Having a Tail 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 4 2013
Price: $15-$20
We're assembled in an unnamed woman's underground bunker—part survivalist storehouse, part child's playroom—for "pandemic prep." Limitless threats and greedy people surround us, she explains, so when the next plague hits you're on our own. Trust your instincts, located at the end of your tailbone. Playwright Carrie Barrett's crash course for hard-core paranoiacs is disturbing fun for about 30 minutes, especially given Karie Miller's coy, ever-so-subtly deranged performance. But this Sideshow Theatre Company show is 70 minutes long. Barrett proceeds to drop big hints about the real reason for the woman's self-exile (it involves her role in a family tragedy), and the beguiling, ineffable world is quickly reduced to a schematic psychological metaphor. The second half mostly fills in the details of an already obvious picture. —Justin Hayford

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