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  Empty Threats at Neo-Futurists

Empty Threats

5153 N. Ashland Avenue Chicago

In Empty Threats, writer-performer Lily Mooney presents a send up of power dynamics found in contemporary theater and in modern life. The show begins with a fictional premise: Victor, a college professor, prepares to leave his office at the end of a long day. Soon the play's author, a "real person," barges in and stages an interrogation, forcing Victor to defend his fictional existence. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and David Mamet's Oleanna serve as springboards for this complex, comedic and vigorous investigation of truth and responsibility.

Thru - Jul 14, 2018

Price: $10-$25

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-275-5255

  Empty Threats Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...But in the final half hour Mooney unhelpfully widens her focus, chasing numerous self-referential ideas down conceptual dead ends and indulging in scattershot anecdote assemblage rather than meaningful resolution of her tantalizing material."
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Justin Hayford

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...Director Krissy Vanderwarker skillfully holds the audience hostage in the room. She builds the tension as the lies and empty threats stack up at an alarming rate. Mooney’s multiple implosions had many laughing at her absurdity. I spent the show in WTF cringe mode. I felt trapped and helpless to Mooney’s tirades. I wanted to scream at Fernley to get the hell out of the room. Fernley almost plays it too nice and vulnerable. I don’t go back and forth in my alliance. I see Fernley as the helpless victim and Mooney as the mean-spirited predator."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...It’s not often that I am challenged as much at the theatre as I was in attending the Neo-Futurists’ new play, Lily Mooney’s Empty Threats, starring Mooney and directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. The play, a full-length feature from the Neo-Futurists instead of the explosion of very short plays their shows usually consist of, explores the very boundaries of reality and fiction in a production that is a sort of marriage between experimental theatre and performance art. It is one of the most provocative theatrical experiences I’ve had this year."
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Karen Topham

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