Brett C. Leonard's visceral, far-reaching update of Woyzeck--Georg Buchner's 1837 unfinished masterpiece about a troubled soldier who kills his lover--is far from a one-note antiwar polemic. This tale of an isolated and enraged Puerto Rican combat vet of the Iraq war, separated from his wife and son and further marginalized by class and ethnicity, also focuses on the unrealistic romantic expectations fostered by pop culture. Dale Rivera delivers a gut-wrenching performance in Anthony Moseley's inspired staging for Collaboraction (a local premiere), and the entire ensemble is well attuned to the cinematic rapid cuts and blackouts of Leonard's script. Guinea Pig Solo--one of the most emotionally effective productions I've seen this year--provides a timely and disturbing meditation on what happens when the war comes home. Through 4/2: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 312-226-9633. $18-$25; industry nights Sun; dinner packages available.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Saverio Truglia.