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click to enlarge Sol Patches and Audrey Francis in Kill Floor

Sol Patches and Audrey Francis in Kill Floor

Michael Brosilow

Kill Floor

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 1 2016
Price: $38-$48
Andy, the troubled mom of Abe Koogler's 90-minute play, works on the killing floor of a slaughterhouse in her "shithole" of a hometown. She sees some awful things there. She also suffers and provokes some awfulness in her spare time. But if Koogler is trying to build a thematic connection between the abattoir and Andy's struggles, I don't see it. There's just no comparison between cows getting skinned alive and Andy and her traumatized teen son trying to put their lives back together after Andy's five-year stint in prison. Which is why I'm glad that director Jonathan Berry works past the metaphors, delivering a modest but strong drama in which there are neither villains nor victims—just a bunch of people in pain trying to feel better. The whole cast is excellent, but Sol Patches is exceptional as B, the teenage son. —Tony Adler
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