I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jacqueline Grandt, Kathleen Ruhl, and 
Adam Bitterman

Jacqueline Grandt, Kathleen Ruhl, and Adam Bitterman

Jan Ellen Graves

I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2017
Price: $35-$40, $30-$35 students and seniors
This sometimes raw but ultimately upbeat 2015 comedy by U.S.-based British writer Suzanne Heathcote (executive story editor for the TV series Fear the Walking Dead) focuses on three generations of women in a fractured, fragmented family. Emotionally fragile Rebecca (Jacqueline Grandt), still grieving for a pet dog that died a year earlier, has taken in her 15-year-old niece, Sadie (Emma Maltby), because Sadie's dad, Jamie (Adam Bitterman), can't handle her (especially after she's kicked out of school when a sex video of her goes viral). Rebecca and Jamie's mother, Daphne (Kathleen Ruhl), wants to offer support, but her acerbic nature—and her daughter's lingering resentment that Daphne abandoned the family when they were kids—makes communication, well, complicated. This Chicago premiere features terrific, truthful performances under the sharp and sensitive direction of Erin Murray. —Albert Williams

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