VisionFest 4: Where the Image Meets the Stage | Flourish Studios | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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VisionFest 4: Where the Image Meets the Stage Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 30 2012
Price: $10-$20
Since its last eclectic, enjoyable installment, LiveWire Chicago Theatre's annual short-works festival has moved from a grimy storefront near Humboldt Park to a cheery "learning gallery" in Lakeview. Curator Chris Zdenek has programmed a few excellent shorts, but in expanding the bill (from six plays in 2011 to two programs of five apiece this time around) he's also allowed in some underdeveloped sketches and regrettable performance art. The worst such piece, Zdenek's own Air, is the only one that appears on both programs. A work of calculated aesthetic cruelty, it requires audience members to select from a playlist of video-game tunes, each of which triggers zany antics involving a pile of thrift-store detritus. At the other end of the spectrum, Bekah Brunstetter's Drunk (on program one) is a tight, character-driven comedy about a new secretary desperate for friends and terrified of phones. The fest's overall conceit—that all entries be inspired by a particular pair of artworks—is mostly ignored. —Keith Griffith


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