Black River Falls | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 26 2015
Price: $15 or pay what you can
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Bryn Magnus, whose hyperliterate whirlwinds helped put Curious Theatre Branch on the map, hasn’t presented a play in Chicago in a decade. Time away produced a sea change his dramaturgy. In his quietly astonishing new play, set in the muted small-town Wisconsin of his childhood, his trademark hallucinogenic superfluity has given way to excruciatingly spare naturalism. Taciturn misfit teen Gary has returned early from a weekend hunting trip, sensing something’s wrong with his young sister, Laurie. In working to assure her that horrors like the Jonestown massacre, the day’s top story, won’t touch her, he, like everyone around her, overlooks the real trauma she’s just suffered, leading to dire consequences. Director Jenny Magnus’s well-observed production keeps a pervasive dread sublimated for 80 vexing minutes. —Justin Hayford

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