The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays and Mon., April 4. Continues through May 8 2011

A prominent architect--a man with a long and satisfying marriage, a well-adjusted gay son, a Manhattan duplex, and a brand new Pritzker Prize--comes out of the hayloft, as it were, and admits to having relations with a female goat. It's not just physical, either. He says he's in love with the soulful creature ("Those eyes!") and won't let the relationship go. You can take Edward Albee's 2002 play any number of ways. As an absurd-case look at social norms. A satire on theatrical conventions. An accomplished playwright's challenge to himself, to see whether he can pull off something really ridiculous. But in this Remy Bumppo Theatre production directed by James Bohnen, the piece comes off, finally, as a deeply unsettling exploration of what we mean when we talk about love. Unsettling not because it involves a goat, but because it's so surprisingly, surpassingly human. --Tony Adler

Price: $30-$45

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