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Barbecue Apocalypse

Prop Theatre
3502 N. Elston Chicago

A backyard barbecue designed to impress the neighbors quickly devolves into a battle for humanity's survival in outrageous end-of-days comedy Barbecue Apocalypse. A winner of best new play honors in 2014 from the Dallas Observer and DFW Theater Critics Forum, this fast-paced dark comedy centers around quirky, unstylish couple Mike and Deb, who have invited their hip, foodie neighbors for a barbecue to help overcome their status as the street's social outcasts (with the dumpiest house in the 'hood to match). But unbeknownst to any of these partygoers, the world is quite literally about to fall apart -- and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. Catch this biting social satire at Chicago's Prop Thtr.

Presented by Cuckoo's Theater Project

Thru - Jul 21, 2018

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-539-7838

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Though Lyle's finely attuned to the anxieties of suburbanites on their scramble toward the complacencies of middle age, the wittiest segments of his script are the put-downs, which soon begin to grate. Under Marc James's direction, the ensemble is shouty and overwrought."
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Irene Hsiao

Third Coast Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...The cast is largely likable, but I couldn't help thinking that the majority of them were a tad young to play cynics in their mid-thirties. Bart O'Toole's transforming backyard set is a highlight here, and there's fun to be had by anyone that enjoys their comedies with a sardonic edge. But Cuckoo's revival misses on more opportunities than it lands, which leaves for a fun, albeit unbalanced trip to society's end."
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Matthew Nerber

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...All of the actors in the show have a large amount of energy. For example, Emily Lindberg's explosive entrance as Deb, where she barks at her husband from the deck about not being able to start the lawnmower, is pure ridiculousness. For this writer, this energy can become repetitive or tired at times, but it pushes the show forward without dragging. Though the show itself presents an interesting narrative with energetic performance, early in the run, it seemed to be a show that could benefit from more rehearsal. This humble audience member yearned for more grounded portrayals, but this post-cataclysm comedy still brought laughs."
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Nate Hall

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