A crumbling house is often used as a metaphor for a family that's falling apart. But playwright Sheila Callaghan takes the concept a step further in this dark comedy: here an apartment is a character in the play, dressed in rags but full of memories of a grand past. And it's not just in disrepair--it's actively trying to murder what remains of a violently dysfunctional family, a disturbed little girl and her panicky mother, after the death of the father. In this midwest premiere the Dog & Pony Theatre Company does remarkably well at negotiating the play's crosscurrents of eeriness and sentiment. David Gray steals the show as the apartment. Through 12/31: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, no show Sat 12/24 and 8 PM 12/31, Tue-Wed 12/27-12/28, 8 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $15.