There is something about entering a poorly marked building of halls and doorways and sitting on a hard floor in what feels like a storage unit to watch a series of scenes in which one person after the next dies a horribly gruesome death that makes a person squirm a little inside. I’m pretty sure that feeling is exactly the point. Abraham Werewolf’s “DECADENCE: The Two Faces of Robert LaPage” is raw and frayed around the edges, but this upstart company, now producing its second show, is finding something that just might work, a gritty experience with a few genuinely scary moments. Actually, a couple of plays are happening here. To see the show twice is to see the show once. Audiences may sit in one of two rooms and watch different scenes of blood and gore. In the end, the stories on two stages collide in a death-filled finale that could stand to push the boundaries a bit more. The writing and performances are inconsistent; some fall flat while others are beautifully chilling or funny or sad. Abraham Werewolf is still finding its footing, but something about this project evokes a zeitgeist that I imagine to be similar to the early days of some of Chicago’s more illustrious ensemble-based theaters. (William Scott)
At the Post Family’s gallery and workshop, 1821 W. Hubbard #202, abrahamwerewolf.com, through August 22. $15-$25.