peteg's blog - noise - theatre - 2015 04 16 SongAboutHimself

Theater Oobleck: Song About Himself by Mickle Maher.

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Perhaps because it has some buy-in from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the pricing for this show was nicely tiered: $15 suggested, $20 if you felt like it, or free if you're broke. I paid $20.00 + $3.50 service fee = $23.50 online, 2015-04-03. Justin Hayford's long review at the Reader sold it to me. I was a bit too out of it — it's been a long couple of weeks — to really get into this kind of absurdist abstractionalism. The facial descriptions were pretty funny, evoking Frank. It took me a while to recognise Guy Massey from Smokefall, partly because I made the mistake of sitting in the front row, next to one of the access points to the floor, with poor sightlines. His voice is quite distinctive. Colm O‚ÄôReilly is a bit Thomas Jay Ryan but more kempt, and Diana Slickman is a bit of a desperate Irish everywoman.