Thems | Playground Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through June 27 2009
Phone: 773-419-0571
Price: $20
In an unusual twist on improv, each week the cast of this futuristic sci-fi thriller works off of scripted character backstories and a loose story arc involving astronaut miners and a zombie-producing infection. The consistency allows for relatively sophisticated props and stage design, including jumpsuit costumes and a spaceship set-- the performance I saw felt like a modest theater production. But sometimes the conceit of fixed character identities paid off and sometimes it didn't; the austere revelation of one guy's gambling addiction, for instance, never led anywhere. Interesting scientific fact: apparently one's propensity to drop unnecessary f-bombs increases in proportion to one's distance from earth. --Ryan Hubbard


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