Penetrator | The Second Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Penetrator Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2008

Hazing, horseplay, homophobia, and other surefire signs of male insecurity figure prominently in this heavy-handed one-act by Anthony Neilson. A typical night of cards and casual misogyny turns sinister for roommates Max and Alan with the unexpected arrival of Max's troubled childhood friend Tadge, a recently discharged soldier who claims to have been the victim of government-sponsored rapists. Neilson pretty effectively conveys the mix of affection and aggression in the men's friendships, but the play would benefit from symbols a shade subtler than anal penetration. In their debut production, The Resonants (formed by recent Loyola graduates) build a nice, teasing rapport among the characters. They prove powerless, though, when it comes time to ratchet up the tension. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$12, two for one Sun


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