The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: An IMAX Experience | iO Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Claire McFadden

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: An IMAX Experience 

When: Fridays. Continues through June 9 2017
Price: $10
The sly premise of this new show from two-woman sketch duo Spooky Dookie (Claire McFadden and Maureen Monahan) provides an ample sandbox for absurdist comedy: wing by wing, a blaze slowly engulfs Chicago's Field Museum as clueless audiences watch a documentary about a real-life fire. Between projected video shorts poking fun at the bombast of IMAX and the Field's Sue-centric marketing, Monahan and McFadden dash between playing museum staff, visitors, and subjects in the documentary. Some sluggish transitions and circular jokes make the whole of this slight effort (it clocks in at less than an hour) less than the sum of its parts, but when Spooky Dookie are on, they're on. Days later, I'm still laughing thinking about a sketch in which a representative for Bruce Rauner fights with an anthropologist over a skeleton the governor insists on eating. —Dan Jakes

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