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'Ideation' Sarah Bauer

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Ideation

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from July 6-28
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 8-29
3 p.m.
July 16
7:30 p.m.
$28; pay half your age for 30 and under
Theater

In Ideation, contemporary playwright Aaron Loeb’s disturbingly credible dark comedy, corporate-speak serves the purpose of concealing atrocious intentions with mundane language. In the piece, a team of consultants are tasked with developing an action plan to address a hypothetical disaster that grows distressingly realistic with the revelation of each nightmarish detail. Sequestered in a conference room, each team member must measure groupthink against the pangs of individual responsibility. Directed by Brian Balcom, this Gremlin Theatre production is a comic thriller powered by gallows humor that mixes the tedious with the terrible, demonstrating how the former can be used as a particularly insidious means of obscuring the latter. Resounding with ethical conundrums and performed by a top-notch cast (including Kathy Kupiecki, Peter Christian Hansen, Nikhil Pandey, Brian P. Joyce, and Ben Shaw), Ideation intends to leave audiences pondering the presence of complicity every time someone suggests they “build a consensus.”