Just Do It!

The teens of Cry Havoc Theater Company implore us to Shut Up and Listen in a cunningly chaotic devised theater piece.

Repetition is sometimes a sign of poor craft in any art form, including writing, but it can also be a powerful device. Think of Ravel’s glorious Bolero or certain artwork by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.

Repetition is a building block for Shut Up and Listen, a theater piece devised by teenage performers for the second production by Cry Havoc Theater Company, running through Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. The results are cunningly chaotic—just like the lives of teens.

Director Mara Richards Bim and associate director Shelby-Allison Hibbs worked with the teens for weeks as they created the show based on their own everyday experiences and their relationships with each other and The Other—a.k.a. adults.