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Anger/Fly at Trap Door Theatre Bucktown

Written by: Ruth Margraff
Directed by: Kate Hendrickson
May 24 - June 30
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
Trap Door Theatre - 1655 W. Cortland Avenue
$20, with two for one admission on Thursdays, $25 on Saturdays
Anger/Fly, an inside look at the process: incidental music recording session
Anger/Fly, an inside look at the process:
incidental music recording session
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Inspired by a short film scenario written by Eugene Ionesco, ANGER/FLY is a dark absurdist comedy that deconstructs and expands the story of a perfect little town that erupts in a violent riot set off when all the husbands simultaneously find flies in their soup. The original film scenario begins with happy townfolk coming out of church one sunny spring morning and ends with the destruction of the world. Throughout the action, a "lady television announcer" calmly broadcasts good news. ANGER/FLY translates this montage into a hysterically visceral live performance event. The multi-layered piece was adapted and devised by playwright Ruth Margraff, with director Kate Hendrickson and the Trap Door ensemble, through a uniquely collaborative process.  Playwright Ruth Margraff has been called one of America's most singular and "daring theater artists" (C. Svich, Divine Fire). She is known for an "audaciously original" (Moscow Times) use of poetic language that provides "layer after layer of richly textured emotion...and imminent danger" (Dallas Morning News).  

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The Reviews are in - Anger/Fly is a hit!


"Striking...rich...charismatic-even seductive-astonishing...and just incidentally, a bout of slapstick paint-splattering goes further than any Clement Greenberg essay in evoking the cultural rage and despair underpinning Jackson Pollack's art. Recommended and Short Listed!" -Tony Adler, Chicago Reader


"Recommended! An orgy of paint, sex, and violence that covers the stage. The nine-person cast engenders rapt attention through their captivating performances...charismatic...hypnotic...The production is dazzling...Anger/Fly will engage you almost to surfeit. "  -Keith Glab, Chicago Theater Beat


"Raucous, challenging, giddy...Tramp Antonio Brunetti dissects marriages, class hierarchies and social contracts from the fringe of his blissfully ignorant, well-to-do fellow townsfolk as they scapegoat and conform themselves to their own demise... with bubble blowers, expressionist gestures and a candy-colored kaleidoscope orgy."    -Dan Jakes, Time Out Chicago



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Please note non-toxic Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera Paint is used during the performance.
Some seats are interactive. Although the substance is washable we recommend that you do not wear clothes that need to be dry cleaned to the show. If you would like to be directed to a seat outside the splash zone, please ask our friendly staff upon arriving at the theatre.

If you have allergy concerns, please be advised that Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera Paint DOES NOT contain Latex, Dairy, Casein, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, or soy.




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