Where ten writers write ten plays actualized by ten directors
|Point of Contention Theatre presents|
|The Sixth Annual Chaos Festival|
|at Lincoln Square Theatre, 4754 N. Leavitt (map)
through April 6 | tickets: $15 | more info
Reviewed by Katy Walsh
Lovers, killers, single-cell organisms, survival is dependent on embracing the chaos. Point of Contention Theatre Company presents The Sixth Annual Chaos Festival. Ten writers wrote ten plays actualized by ten directors. The cluster of ten minute shows is a showcase sampling of new work. It’s something for everyone on the all-you-can-eat-buffet. The morsel nibbling allows for tasting a variety of a la carte offerings without getting stuck with a dissatisfying main entree. For the curious palate, it’s a series of one bite wonders. If it’s sweet, there is the next daily special by the actors, writer, or director to crave. If the recipe is bland, a future spicier version could bring out the flavor.
Second Helping, Please
Three of the shows were unique, lip-smacking, gourmet surprises. Minutiae written byBarry Eitel, is an evolutionary exploration of scientific wit. Under the direction ofRachel Staelens, Nicci Schumacher and Rafael Torres spar in a lively, rambunctious survival of relevance. The Four Senses of Love written by Arthur M. Jolly is a hilarious coupling of two members of a sensory-deprived support group. Under the direction of Brandon Boler, individually and collectively, Jonathan Helveyand Lisa Cordileone sarcastically work through their affliction with no senses. Wet Work written by Jenny Seidelman is an intriguing, comedic encounter between two very opposite men. Under the direction of Brandon Baisden, Ray Ready plays it perky, irritant to an established, smoldering Joshua Volkers. The odd duo captivates to an unexpected conclusion.
Check out the rest of the review at Chicago Theater Blog.