Dada

WNEP Soiree DADA

An Onion cover story this week was “Hard To Tell If Wikipedia Entry On Dada Has Been Vandalized Or Not“:

The Wikipedia entry on Dada—the World War I–era “anti-art” movement characterized by random nonsense words, bizarre photocollage, and the repurposing of pre-existing material to strange and disturbing effect—may or may not have been severely vandalized, sources said Monday.

“This is either totally messed up or completely accurate,” said Reed College art history major Ted Brendon. “There’s a mustache drawn on the photo of Marcel Duchamp, the font size keeps changing, and halfway through, the type starts going in a circle. Also, the majority of the actual entry is made up of Krazy Kat cartoons with abstract poetry written in the dialogue balloons.”

“Ha, ha,” you think, “I almost get that joke. If only there was some way I could see a modern production of some Dada theater. And it’d be convenient if it starred writers from this here blog.”

Well, thank goodness that WNEP Theater‘s Soireé DADA: Blinde Essel Hopse opens September 7 and stars our own Erica and Goose. Through some sort of trickery, WNEP has hooked up with the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and so these manic, semi-sensical vaudvilleans will be appearing in the Studio Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E Randolph) four days a week through October 14.

Director Don Hall has been posting blog entries dealing with the process of developing the show, and answering questions like “Why the makeup?“, on his personal blog.

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