The Upstairs Concierge | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 26 2015
Price: $10-$20
Celebrity worship requires paying daily homage at the altar of the ludicrous and bizarre. Obsessed with cellulite, implants gone wrong, cooches drunkenly flashed from limos, it's an extreme industry that devours failures and bad behavior—and the weirder its creations rise, the harder they fall. But nobody revels in the mundane doings of D-list celebrities—and that's a big part of why Kristoffer Diaz's milquetoast new farce, The Upstairs Concierge, fails. Commissioned back in 2010 by the Goodman and Teatro Vista (where Diaz is a resident playwright), the play pokes fun at fame in an age where self-aggrandizing Instagram celebs are embraced with the same fervor as stars of the silver screen. Its conceit: A new hotel "concept" has opened in Chicago, one with doors minus locks on the second floor to give its famous guests unlimited access to one another. The concierge of the title, hired to tend to their every demand, is also installed there—as indicated by her bed, plopped center stage, where it pulls a massive amount of focus for how little it's actually used. Continue reading >>
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