When: Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 9 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 6 p.m. 2011
To be or not to be: that is the age-old question. A retail cashier asks this timeless query as he finds himself commiserating more and more with the famous Dane while he and his Midwestern friends cope with the epic Shakespearean tragedy that is their is everyday life.
Tobey, Marcel and Brie (a retail store clerk, a high school teacher, and a Home Shopping Network personality, respectively) all hate their jobs. Through prolonged monologues, fantasy sequences and recurring Hamlet references, these foul- mouthed working stiffs bemoan their insignificant, Midwestern existence for the better part of an hour. While this piece employs a number of structural bells and whistles, as well as a liberal use of profanity in an attempt to illuminate the frustrations of the overeducated and underappreciated, it lacks one key element — humor. Funny concepts exist in this piece. Unfortunately, they are mired in a pessimistic attitude. - Harry Watermeier
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 5