In a beautifully staged, deceptively simple performance, the Montreal-based company Les Deux Mondes presents an adult story in the disarming style of a children's tale. Michel Marc Bouchard's play uses the relationship between an abused farmboy and his only friend, a goose named Teeka (portrayed here by a limber puppeteer), to show the dark cycle of domestic violence. Its slow pace and starkly sensuous set carry the audience into a lyrical dreamworld, but emotionally The Tale of Teeka is very real, evoking hard truths about child abuse without sentimentality, gently but unflinchingly raising important questions without forcing obvious answers. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 773-722-5463. May 14 through 16: Friday, 7:30 PM; Saturday, 2 and 8 PM; Sunday, 3 PM. $20; $10 for children 12 and under.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Yves Dube.