Pirate Bones Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 24 2012

Playwright/director Kristina Schramm uses thick, wide strokes to paint her portrait of two Chicago families in 1959. After excavating human bones in a residential neighborhood, two detectives attempt to close a 40-year-old murder case by interviewing the locals. What they uncover is mostly nostalgia and light vignettes. Along with the investigation, Schramm's script (which might work better as a novel) touches on the friendship between a mentally challenged adult and a Peter Pan-obsessed immigrant child, racial and interfaith relations, and life in a simpler—and apparently aphorism-driven—time. Although arguably the dramatic core of Schramm's story, the child's abusive father is strangely downplayed. —Dan Jakes

Price: $12-$20

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