The Memory Tour | 5252 North Broadway | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge "Memory docent" Sharon Lanza

"Memory docent" Sharon Lanza

Austin D. Oie

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2016
Price: $22
Pivot Arts' 90-minute site-specific piece unfolds primarily on an abandoned floor of a dreary midcentury office building—the same place Uptown residents go for their food stamps and Medicaid hearings. Creators Julieanne Ehre and Tanya Palmer stage a series of dislocations (a fraught family dinner in the middle of a gutted office, an intimate confession revealed in an antiseptic stairwell) through which small audiences tour under the guidance of a "memory docent." The piece's musings on memory—its mutability, impermanence, inscrutability, and poignancy—aren’t revelatory, and the audio and video-clip accompaniment (delivered via smartphone) adds little. But even with occasionally oversize acting, the production's unassuming intimacy is refreshing, as are the myriad ways unforced audience interaction turn iconic cultural memories into something truly collective. —Justin Hayford



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