2 out 5 stars....but...
Fisher’s new play poses a question for the ages: Is it better to compulsively do housework while mourning an absent mother or to frequent gothy punk clubs where you suck life-juice from the finger of a lascivious snail? Put My Finger ends up rejecting the question in favor of celebrating sisterhood. If the wisest character in Fisher’s fractured world is the old guy who pushes hallucinogens while living out of a box, well, at least no one can accuse the playwright of turning overly didactic. Discerning what exactly the play is up to presents a significant challenge in the first act, which pivots dizzyingly from Furry assaults upon the nightclub owned by Snailman (Mark) to cell-phone-enabled visitations by Mama upon her diametrically opposed daughters Birdy (Orr) and Turtle (Hauenstein).
As the plot settles down and the Snail’s true colors begin to emerge, the piece becomes more compelling, if never exactly clearheaded. Right Brain’s youthful performers play exuberantly; the space takes on the air of a basement den hosting a peculiar, and innocently illicit, sleepover. The production is at its best when it’s in motion, offering Jacksonesque group choreography to “Tainted Love” or stage combat between Box-Man and the Snail’s minions. It has a dreamlike quality: obscure and a little embarrassing in the daylight, but possessing a daffy charm nonetheless.
Chicago Reader reviews
As inviting yet elusive as "a slice of ghost meringue pie," the sinister Snail's delectable finger obsesses young Birdy. So, too, Bob Fisher's new work for the Right Brain Project haunts and compels without any discernible substance. Birdy's straitlaced sister Turtle struggles to save her from Snail's club-kid minions, who swirl in a tightening orbit around the girls' fragile relationship, beckoning Birdy with their goth-burlesque fashion sense and discerning taste in electropop. Nathan Robbel's direction and a strong ensemble cast embellish this mythpunk fairy tale's flat plot with a lush visual absurdity and surreality that leave the mouth watering for just one more taste.