Sci-fi head-scratcher – Chicago Reader


Organizational consulting is sort of a dice of lard: it appears like a candy chew of white chocolate however sits heavy within the abdomen. Stupid individuals are to be averted, like how a dry foot rejects a moist sock. Working is like consuming salt water. Women with whom males have affairs are martini olives. Playwright and Yellow Rose Theater founder Joseph Zaki’s two-act sci-fi morality play, Gigi’s Party, purports to be an exploration of religion, the way forward for well being care, and bodily autonomy, nevertheless it’s extra memorable as maybe probably the most peculiar assortment of head-scratcher analogies and similes to be put onstage.

Gigi’s Party
Through 9/3: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and seven:30 PM, Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, 773-697-3830, gigisparty.com, $33 ($22 seniors)

Gigi (Katherine Wettermann), a not-quite-middle-aged company government, decides to throw herself an assisted-suicide “D Party” far sooner than the 70-to-150-year life expectancy enabled by trendy medication, which has all however eradicated the commonest causes of pure loss of life. Her announcement is met with horror by her loving husband (Sean Frett) and a mixture of curiosity, battle, and a few respect from her buddies and colleagues, together with her genetic engineer lover (Kieran O’Connor). Director Kelly Levander’s manufacturing touches on vital and well-trodden existential themes frequent in exhausting science fiction, and creates some enjoyable 2058 world-building, just like the existence of 3D-printed designer attire. But the performances are rendered so unusual by inscrutable plot tangents, gravel-smooth dialogue, and the kind of character selections that really feel extra at dwelling in a surreal Yorgos Lanthimos film (at one level, adversaries at a bar inexplicably start sliding beer bottles backwards and forwards and name out chess strikes) than the easy play Gigi’s Party is styled as. It definitely leaves audiences with questions. Just not the proper. 

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