Zero | Oracle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 21 2009
Price: $20 suggested donation
There's a solid story idea at the bottom of these 135 minutes: a translator at a Guantanamo-esque detention camp is traumatized by the torture that goes on there, bonds with a prisoner whose brutal interrogations he's witnessed, and battles both his superiors and his own profound ambivalence to get word out to the world. But this Oracle Productions show buries that nugget under useless gimmicks and lousy craft. Part of the problem is the script by Brit writer Chris O'Connell, which plays fashionable but useless games with chronology and places the action in a dystopic future for no good reason given that practically everything that happens here actually occurred under the last Bush administration. But the real horror is Ben Fuchsen's staging, full of subpar or poorly guided actors doing nonsensical things. James Ogden's set is interesting, but the rest? Torture. --Tony Adler



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