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click to enlarge Justin Tsatsa and Amy Johnson

Justin Tsatsa and Amy Johnson

Emily Schwartz

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2017
Price: $24, $17 students and seniors
Saint Louis playwright Deanna Jent's 2012 off-Broadway hit is a compelling study of a family on the brink of falling apart. The mother, Tami (the superb Amy Johnson), is determined to raise her severely autistic son Josh (Justin Tsatsa) rather than place him in a group home even though the burly 18-year-old's behavior is becoming increasingly violent and unmanageable. The turbulent situation is threatening to destroy Tami's marriage to her resolutely patient husband, Bill (Nick Freed), and to force the couple's 16-year-old daughter Lisa (Tristin Hall) to leave home and move in with Bill's zealously Christian mother (Heidi Katz). Sensitively directed by James Yost, this Interrobang Theatre Project Chicago premiere is an emotional roller coaster, played with impressive emotional authenticity. —Albert Williams



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