Tribulation: The Musical | iO Theater, The Mission Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2016
Price: $12
As it's applied in Molly Miller and Brad Kemp's musical comedy, tribulation is a term out of Christian eschatology, denoting a period after the Rapture but before the Second Coming when all hell is expected to break loose on earth. I mean literal Four Horsemen shit: famine, war, pestilence, and death. For the purposes of this review, though, I'm going to use the word more generally to refer to suffering—as in, "Around 85 percent of this show about office workers caught in the Tribulation was a tribulation to me." The blessedly entertaining 15 percent comes in the second act, when our heroine, Genevieve, enrolls in a graduate poetry program; we get a great satirical song about the current collegiate notion of the "life of the mind" and a hilariously original Jesus. For the rest, at least the cast give it their all. —Tony Adler

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