The Half Brothers Mendelssohn | Strawdog Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 20 2013
Price: $10-$25
Theo Mendelssohn feels he can pinpoint the day his life went wrong. On April 21, 1908, his mother walked out on him and his father, and the dominoes have been falling ever since. Now, 21 years later, Theo is a 32-year-old nerd, ready to put things right. He's invented this time machine, see. All he's got to do is go back to the fateful moment, keep Mom from flying the coop, and all will be well. Right? Playwright Elizabeth Bagby settles for boilerplate feminism when she should be giving us a clearer notion of what's eating Mom, and Stuart Ritter pushes too far into cartoonishness as Theo. But Strange Tree Group's new contribution to a familiar fantasy gambit is satisfying overall, both as comedy and as a gentle fable about the uses of adversity. It helps that Bagby's script brings down the high cutesiness quotient that's undermined previous Strange Tree shows. The time machine is a fun bit of kinetic sculpture, and, as a weirdly knowing naif named Angelus, Andy Hager evokes Chance the gardener from Being There. —Tony Adler



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