The Fundamentals | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Armando Riesco and Alana Arenas

Armando Riesco and Alana Arenas

MICHAEL BROSILOW

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 23 2016
Price: $50-$82
Erika Sheffer's The Fundamentals opens with a crafty one-two punch. As the house lights dim, stock images of happy, indulgent people splash across a sweeping off-white wall adorned with nondescript high-end sconces. "Happiness is a place," a soothing disembodied voice intones. "Comfort is a destination." It soon becomes clear this audiovisual presentation, heavy on marketing hyperbole and inspirational vagaries, is a pitch for the high-end Wellington Hotel Properties. But it isn't designed to lure customers, but rather to convince hotel employees that fealty to corporate "fundamentals"—resourcefulness, professionalism, courtesy, etc, will imbue their work hours with fulfillment bordering on religious ecstasy. Continue reading >>

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