Song About Himself (at Theater on the Lake)
“Of [Maher’s] many artful, resonant plays, this one has the potential to eclipse them all.” — Chicago Reader
“Recommended… It is a rich psychological and metaphysical landscape through which to travel.” — Newcity
“Maher crafts an engaging, resonant online ode.” — TimeOut Chicago
★ ★ ★ “Ultimately Maher is digging his finger around in that gaping hole of what it means to connect with another person — the wistful, persistent desire for it, and the technology that we’ve come to rely on to make so much of it possible.” — Chicago Tribune
After a great run at the DCASE Storefront Theatre, the great folks at the Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake are bringing back Oobleck’s Song About Himself for a return engagement, two weeks only in July.
Please note that Theater on the Lake’s usual venue is undergoing renovation, and this show will be at the Berger Park Coach House.
Mickle Maher sets his latest play in a dystopian future where the Internet has been effectively destroyed by viruses and malware, and people communicate in little more than mumbles.
Looking for human interaction of any kind, Carol ― a woman made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly ― signs in to a mysterious social media site created by a rogue artificial intelligence within the Web itself, only to find that, strangely, she is its only member. The secrets she uncovers there will either cure or break her lonely heart.
Employing extremely minimalist staging and an original form of ornate verse derived from a corruption of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Song About Himself goes at the question every play asks: “Do words, in the end, help?”
The cast is made up of Oobleck ensemble members Colm O’Reilly and Diana Slickman, with H.B. Ward.
Song About Himself is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.