Unless you have been living under a rock the past few years, you know that Zombies aka The Living Dead/Walking Dead/wateva have been all the rage.
So naturally, the next step would be to create a musical about life and death during a zombie apocalypse. Playwright Axel Arth and composer Tyler Welton were happy to oblige with their Chicago debut, Things Fall Apart - A Zombie Apocaplyse Musical now playing at Gorilla Tango Bucktown.
The play seems to be inspired by the AMC television show The Walking Dead, with a group of people on the run from zombies hungry for human flesh. Everything takes place three years after the apocalypse started, with a man named Walt, his best friend Tom and Tom's pregnant fiancee Barbara who have decided they are sick and tired of running and decide to take matters in their own hands. Another survivor, Catherine, arrives on the scene and Walt is instantly smitten. However, things become a bit complicated with the arrival of Catherine's estranged boyfriend Ben who not only rivals Walt for her affections, he also doesn't seem to see eye to eye with everyone's plans to foil the zombies and start their own little community.
The musical itself was enjoyable, the actors were very talented and sang well. Our personal favorite was the interactions of the obnoxious Ben being a pain in the butt with the rest of the group. However, due to the short length of the play we felt like the characters really didn't get a chance to develop leaving us wanting a bit more, which is not really a bad thing.
Count and I give this performance **ONE AND 1/2 FANGS** for good clean zombified fun.
Gorilla Tango Theater (Bucktown) is located at 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Running Saturdays at 7:30 PM March 2-30, 2013
For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.gorillatango.com or call the box office at (773) 598-4549.
Tickets are $20.