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The Play About the Squirrel


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This hilarious yet unsettling short comedy by Stage Left Theatre ensemble member Mia McCullough focuses on a young suburbanite troubled by the pitter--patter of little paws in her attic. Turns out a squirrel is chewing up the insulation of the beautiful new home she lives in with her husband--who hates squirrels and refuses to share his wife's bed as long as the critter is crawling around above them. As the woman wrestles with how--and whether--to get rid of the rodent, it becomes clear that McCullough is really writing about a couple's response to an unplanned pregnancy. Under Jeremy Wechsler's skillful direction, Maggie Graham's mercurial performance superbly melds humor and poignancy as she charts the chilling compromises marriage entails. a Through 9/17: Mon 9 PM, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, 773-539-7838, $15 or "pay what you can." --Albert Williams

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