Through the Middle Ground | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

Louis Cancelmi's quiet study of post-traumatic stress disorder opens on a recently demobilized soldier at a session with his therapist, who instructs him to vocalize in response a word. That word turns out to be "help," and he utters a heartbreaking moan. The scene, like much of this Side Project Theatre production, is methodical and uncomfortably voyeuristic. Director Adam Webster doesn't overload the play with sentiment, allowing its subtle action to speak for itself. The approach seems right but yields mixed results. With the exception of an explosive passage in the second act, Through the Middle Ground's naturalism comes with a heavy dose of ennui. The medium is the problem. Excellent performances by Jon Penick as the soldier and Tamara Todres as his girlfriend would resonate stronger on film. —Dan Jakes

Price: $5-$20

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