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click to enlarge Coburn Goss and Olivia Cygan

Coburn Goss and Olivia Cygan

Michael Brosilow

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 22 2016
Price: $20
This Steppenwolf for Young Adults offering uses the ancient Greek legend of Antigone as a starting point for an examination of contemporary gun violence. When the disturbed teenage son of a Republican senator goes on a murderous shooting spree at a suburban high school before killing himself, the politician—running for reelection—reacts by embracing an extremist "gun rights" agenda, proposing legislation to arm schoolteachers. His usually dutiful daughter defies him, becoming a spokesperson for gun control. Caitlin Parrish's script resonantly explores themes of personal conscience and public morality, and director Erica Weiss's production effectively uses multimedia to reinforce the ensemble's fine performances. —Albert Williams

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