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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 19 2014

High school students involved with the Albany Park Theater Project worked with professional directors and designers to devise this powerful performance about a horrific case of child abuse, based on the actual experiences of a former ensemble member (an earlier version was produced in 2006). The teens play a Duggar-size brood who are kept in a cold, single-bulb basement by their Bible-thumping father; he lets them out only to administer sadistic punishments, represented by paint smeared on their arms, legs, and faces. The atmosphere is oppressive and otherworldly, thanks to Izumi Inaba's prisonlike costumes, Stephanie Paul and Maggie Popadiak's ritualistic choreography, and Mikhail Fiksel's eerie sound design. Combined with the fear and emotional deprivation conveyed by the cast, the results are haunting and heartbreaking. —Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$25


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