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Steep’s Ambitious New Play Focuses On Murder In A Small Town

bobby-clearly-1Stories told in reverse may be worth reviewing. But it’s the handling that matters most of all.

When Bobbie Clearly, the main character of the Steep Theatre play with the same name, kills Casey, a female school mate in a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska, it’s the town’s lone police officer who seeks him out to provide support well before the murder, arrests him the day of the murder and, eight years later, helps him rejoin society after being institutionalized.

It’s left to the rest of Milton’s residents to figure out how to move on with their lives. A newly created talent show to honor Casey that continues until Casey’s friends enter adulthood serves as an expressive anchor. So does an implied documentary, where members of the town who knew Casey are asked, through the years, to comment to an implied camera about their changing views on the impact of Casey’s murder.

Bobbie’s reasons to kill Casey are likely addressed in the part of the script the audience didn’t see. All you learn early on was that bullying might have been involved.

Directed by Josh Sobel, “Bobbie Clearly” will continue through Nov. 5 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Oct. 30. The Saturday, Oct. 22, performance will be at 3 p.m. as well.

Tickets range from $10 to $35. For reservations, or more information, call 773-649-3186 or visit www.steeptheatre.com

Steep Theatre is located at 1115 W. Berwyn Ave.

 


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