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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 6 2016

Gil Pepper, the hapless hero of this excellent comedy by Eric Dufault, knows he’s a loser. But he hasn’t been given many chances to win, living with his mother in near penury and working a fast-food job where he’s taunted by his supervisor. His big shot at success is his rooster, Odysseus Rex (played with a strangely affecting mix of aggression and vulnerability by Jeff Kurysz), whose kill-everything philosophy makes him a natural in the brutal world of cockfighting. In Red Theater’s visceral production, director Carrie Lee Patterson and a fully committed cast capture the comic ferocity of the script as well as the desperate violence of the fights (choreographed by Will Bennett). As Gil, Gage Wallace manages to seem sweet and dangerous at the same time. —Zac Thompson

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