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Visiting Mr. Green

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Portraying antithetical men brought together by community service in Jeff Baron's play, Rich Baker and Michael Henry find opportunities to make us care about their characters in this competent Janus Theatre production. Though Henry often overplays his reactions, he does well when young corporate executive Ross recalls his first gay love and relives the disappointment of his parents' rejection. Playing the devout elderly Jew whom Ross is visiting, Baker more consistently does fine work as a man recently widowed. Even when we learn just how rigid and controlling Mr. Green has been, Baker makes the character sympathetic. Sean Hargadon's staging suffers from poor pacing and inattention to detail, but a bigger audience than the one there the night I attended may help the actors bring out more of the laughs and poignancy in Baron's sometimes predictable script.Through 10/31: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. Athenaeum Theatre, first-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500. $10-$15.

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