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The Golden Truffle 

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Redmoon's ambitious first musical features live music, dance, a cash bar, and a tasting menu of high-end chocolates. It promises to be a self-indulgent consumer experience, and it is. What makes it a cut above your usual dinner (or dessert) and a show is its thoughtfulness about consumption, competition, and Americans' relentless pursuit of happiness. The show's conceit is that it's a contest between five egotistical performers for the Golden Truffle award. But the real stars of this event are Redmoon's set and props: the company has transformed its barnlike space into a plausible nightclub complete with banquettes, chandeliers, and a towering stage that looks like a tiered cake. In its usual fashion, Redmoon immerses the viewer in a fanciful environment--but John Fournier's clever satirical songs also provide distance from it. This show is far from perfect, but its roughness and exuberance make it the perfect complement to all that meretricious chocolate. Through 6/18: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 7 and 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Redmoon Central, 1463 W. Hubbard, 312-850-8440, ext. 111, $35-$45.

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