Picture Imperfect | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 4 2015
Price: $30
This thriller, copresented by Bread & Roses and Inglis Hall Productions, zeroes in on a trio of hard-luck adults at odds over the care of an adolescent autistic savant named Cole (played with lifelike detachment and reticence by Izzy Tortuga). Playwrights Joel Z. Cornfield and Richard James Zieman seem to have struggled to build a substantial narrative around the boy's combination of artistic talent (he's a painter) and autistic impairment. Of the several dramatically unfocused forces that come into play against Cole's unemployed, impulsive, short-tempered mother, Mary—for whom we're expected to be rooting—the most prominent include the high-strung social worker clamoring to institutionalize Cole and Cole's schmuck of an estranged father, who's dead set on stealing his son's "masterpieces" to make a buck. Ultimately, although we're promised a meticulous portrait of Cole's interior life, what we're given is limited to perfumy platitudes and holier-than-thou rants against Rain Man. —Jena Cutie



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