The Great God Pan | Noyes Cultural Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Great God Pan Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 11 2014

This 2012 drama by Amy Herzog (whose Belleville ran at Steppenwolf last year) focuses on a young man (Brett Schneider) who learns that he may have been sexually abused as a child, and how the knowledge affects his already ambivalent relationships with others in his life. These include his pregnant lover (Kristina Valada-Viars), perplexed by her mate's emotional diffidence; his parents (Jan Radcliff and James Leaming), whose own marital troubles might have played a part in the matter; his elderly former babysitter (Margaret Kustermann), who may know more than she's telling; and the boyhood friend (Matt Hawkins) who reveals the possible past molestation. The 75-minute one-act's principal focus is on the unreliability of memory—it's never certain whether the suspected abuse actually took place—and the play's ambiguities are skillfully negotiated by director Kimberly Senior and her excellent cast. —Albert Williams

Price: $30-$45

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