On an Average Day | Collaboraction | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Two adult brothers—straight-arrow Jack and off-his-rocker Bob—reunite in their childhood home after a long separation, and wind up rehashing the past, beating each other up (both physically and emotionally), and trying to figure out their long-absent father. The premise, themes, and characters of John Kolvenbach’s drama call to mind Sam Shepard’s True West, but it’s a pale imitation, lacking Shepard’s humor, ferocity, poetry, and potent blending of pulp and myth. Even if Kolvenbach’s script is derivative, a lifelong sibling rivalry can usually be relied on to produce fireworks. But in Ray Frewen’s staging for Spartan Theatre Company, Andy Monson’s Bob and Patrick Belics’s Jack never seem a significant threat to one another. Even their fistfights feel oddly pro forma. —Zac Thompson

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