Proof | Royal George Theatre Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 3 2016
Price: $38, $19 students and seniors
In the award-winning 2001 drama Proof Catherine (Liz Dillard in this ColorBox Theatre production) is trapped between genius and insanity, her twin inheritance from a prodigious father, University of Chicago math professor Robert (Lawrence Garner). After schizophrenia-like symptoms made it impossible for Robert to work, Catherine was forced to take care of him, setting aside her own potential career in mathematics. Flashbacks blurring the boundaries of reality take us to earlier phases of Robert’s decline, set alongside the real-time preparations for his funeral, which Claire (Alex Pelletier), the imperiously put-together older daughter, has flown in from New York to help set up. Robert’s adorable former student Hal (Ian Geers) is in the house too, looking for glimmers of inspiration in the hundred-odd notebooks from the “writing phase” of Robert’s illness. The acting in this production is superb. Fans of playwright David Auburn will also want to see Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which he's directing at Court Theatre in a run that extends through April 10. —Max Maller



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