The Size of the World | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 1 2014
Price: $20, $15 for students and seniors
We seem to be entering an absurd world at the start of Charles Evered's 1991 play. Or, at least, an absurd kitchen in Passaic, New Jersey. Setting the ground rules for her new boarder—a compulsively upbeat young man named Peter Hogancamp—Vivian Merkle explains that under no circumstances is he to inform her husband, Stan, that (a) Stan's blind and (b) Stan's beloved dog is dead. But odd as they are, Vivian's rules really aren't part of an absurdist strategy. They're just a bit of whimsy, indicating the extent to which denial has taken hold of the Merkles. The Size of the World turns out to be a conventional psychological drama in which the Merkles project their feelings for their alienated son onto Peter while Peter makes misguided efforts to work out his own familial traumas. Adam Goldstein's staging features one attention-getting performance (from Matt Edmonds as Peter) and one endearing one (from Mary Poole, channeling All in the Family's Edith Bunker as Vivian). Sandy Elias's vague turn as Stan, however, leaves a big hole in an already tone-challenged script. —Tony Adler



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