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  The Ridiculous Darkness at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph

The Ridiculous Darkness

Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph
2433 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago

The horror! The horror! Sergeant Oliver Pellner has clear orders: to travel into the savage wilderness, to find a Colonel who has gone rogue, and to kill him. The man's gone native, as they say: has killed his comrades and disappeared into darkness. Pellner and his pilot embark with confidence, but soon nothing makes sense anymore, as the river turns to mountains turns to jungle turns to black. In another time and place, Ultimo Pussi, a Somali fisherman-turned-pirate seeks justice and understanding before an increasingly hostile central European justice system. Fear turns to paranoia and civilization dissolves in Wolfram Lotz' stunning and disturbing comedy: a fractured spin on Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now and our shared history of barbaric colonialism.

Thru - Apr 28, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-871-3000

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  The Ridiculous Darkness Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...This is a show that works better in pieces than as a whole. Some of the discursive moments distract just as we feel we're getting to, well, the heart of the dark matter. But Martin mostly knows how to ratchet up the tension effectively. By the end, we're overwhelmed with a barrage of images and sounds that leave us questioning the very nature of justice itself."
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Kerry Reid

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The answer that the play provides is, ultimately, why I must wholeheartedly recommend director Ian Damont Martin’s bold, eclectic, frustrating, rambling, mesmerizing and altogether scattered production. Within a show filled with theatrical experimentation of varying success, the final moments provide a powerful and moving answer to a question that the rest of the production isn’t sure whether it’s asking."
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Ben Kaye

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...The history of “The Ridiculous Darkness” is RIDICULOUSLY long and tumbling. At its birth, it was a novel written and published in 1899 called “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Most famously it was adapted for screen, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and retitled “Apocalypse Now.” In 2012, German writer Wolfram Lots adapted the story for radio, and since then, Lots’ adaptation has become one of the most produced German plays."
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Sophie Vitello

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