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Jackalope Theatre, Chicago, (773) 340-2543
Aaron Loeb’s tense, “blisteringly smart” new one-act is not a typical business drama, said Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. When five consultants gather to brainstorm, we learn quickly that the challenge before them involves the disposal of bodies and preventing the spread of panic. But are these MBA types anticipating a natural disaster? An act of ethnic cleansing? Even the characters don’t know exactly how to read their client’s intent. “Loeb’s vision of corporate life is as funny as it is terrifying,” said Kevin Greene in NewCityStage.com. As paranoia descends, Rachel Sullivan, Japhet Balaban, and the other actors handle wrenching emotional turns with impressive dexterity, and it’s difficult for the audience to tell whom to trust. Ideation “begs to be seen for its impressive grasp of power structures.” If nothing else, “it will give you something to talk about at the watercooler the next day.”