2,000 Feet Away | Steep Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

2,000 Feet Away Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 26 2010

The title of Anthony Weigh's first full-length play refers to a 2005 law, enacted in Iowa, that prohibits registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of a school. With added restrictions, that means they're legally barred from living in most of the state. Using Eldon, Iowa--the setting for Grant Wood's American Gothic--as his battleground, Australian-born Weigh tends to oversell the cliched petty-mindedness of small towns. But the piece raises important questions about our tendency to sweep criminals out of sight rather than address root causes. And, along with a fine performance from Brendan Melanson as a deputy sheriff trying to find digs for an evicted pedophile, Jimmy McDermott's skillful direction kept me interested. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20-$22

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