9 Circles | Storefront Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 6 2013
Price: $10-$15
What happens when a rogue soldier, intent on killing innocent Iraqis, commits a crime so brutal that the ensuing scandal could bring about the end of the war? Hyperbole, maybe, but Bill Cain's 9 Circles positions the audience as witness and jury in the trial of the fictional (but drawn from the headlines) sergeant Daniel Edwards Reeves, a West Texas nobody turned American scapegoat: unstable, unprivileged, and all too effective a fighter. Cain references Dante's vision of damnation, as Reeves encounters a priest, shrink, lawyer, and other military officials in this judicial and spiritual trial. It's heavy stuff, and director Marti Lyons and Sideshow Theatre Company render it urgent; the production is haunting, imposing cohesion where the script lacks it, reminding us that we all pay a price when we look the other way. —Suzanne Scanlon



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