Circumference of a Squirrel | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2017

It shouldn’t be too difficult to portray a man so toxically anti-Semitic that his own son ultimately delights in his grisly death, but playwright John Walch bungles it. In this one-man show, Chester, the son, spends the first half hour quirkily detailing his father’s hatred of squirrels, and his own childhood delight in hatching plots to kill the rodents in abundant numbers. But when a squirrel gets in the house, Chester suddenly feels an all-consuming hatred for his father, realizing the old man wants to, um, kill the squirrel. Then, from nowhere, Dad says something horribly anti-Semitic—and that one statement is apparently enough to all but ruin Chester’s life. Under Jacob Harvey’s fleet direction, Will Allan as Chester is charming and engaging, if occasionally overenthusiastic. —Justin Hayford

Price: $42-$48

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