Calls to Blood | Royal George Theatre Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 28 2009

Jacob and Alison are the lovingest couple imaginable--at least, in the eyes of Jacob's cynical lawyer friend Kirk and Alison's lovesick slacker friend Suellen. But after 30 minutes of Seinfeld-esque lightheartedness with these four could-be-anybodies, playwright James Asmus drops a bomb, revealing a horrifying family secret straight out of Sam Shepard. The play shouldn't work, but Asmus packs his seemingly incompatible scenes with accurate, telling observations of human behavior, and director Andrew Hobgood's pitch-perfect cast articulate them with graceful precision. Against all odds, nearly everything in this New Colony premiere rings poignantly true. Even with the truncated resolution, it's a satisfying evening. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$25

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