Jerusalem | Profiles Theatre, Main Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 24 2016

Under Profiles Theatre artistic director Joe Jahraus’s direction, the midwest premiere of Jez Butterworth’s play brings England to Chicago in a way that’s rural, raving, and raw. Set on Saint George’s Day in the woods outside Wiltshire (home of Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge), the story centers around Johnny “Rooster” Byron, a hedonistic vigilante on the verge of eviction from his mobile home. Darrel W. Cox’s Rooster, surprisingly multifaceted for a man who deals drugs to minors, is at his best spinning grandiose yarns (or are they?) about the circumstances of his birth and encounters with giants. Where the dialogue grows long-winded and granular, particularly in the first act’s setup, Thad Hallstein’s set and AmarA*jk’s costumes poignantly convey the decay of one man and one way of life. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $35-$40

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