History of Violence | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 19 2015
Price: $15-$20
Based on the 2005 David Cronenberg film of the same name, Bare Knuckle Productions' adaptation offers a thrilling mix of poignant drama and animalistic violence rarely seen in live theater. The story, written and adapted by Cody Evans and Jeff Newman (who also directed), centers on Tom, a midwestern family man whose diner is the social center of his small Iowa town. After he makes quick, eerily professional work of killing two hoods who try to hold up his restaurant, Tom becomes a media darling, and questions arise about his history and unique skill set. As Tom, Craig James Jr. metamorphoses from amiable father to cold-blooded killer in a manner both shocking and raw. And Gary Murphy plays the perfect wise-guy foil as Carl Fogarty, an unwelcome guest from Tom’s past who's seething with rage beneath his impeccable manners. Smoother transitions between scenes, with less jarring music, could help the story’s fluidity and emotional pacing. —Marissa Oberlander



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