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‘The Great God Pan’ at Next – When narrative runs out of thread, the drama is left dangling

Apr 17, 2014 – 1:41 pm
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Review: The setup of Amy Herzog’s play “The Great God Pan” is intriguing: A man in his early thirties reconnects with a childhood chum who makes deeply disturbing claims about their formative years. Problem is, where we ultimately expect catharsis the playwright leaves us merely teased. And despite director Kimberly Senior’s sensitive and tempting effort, the current production at Next Theatre cannot magically spin this fragment into whole cloth.

Theater 2013-14: Next’s season of premieres starts with Chicago link to Anne Frank story

Oct 15, 2013 – 7:07 am
Anne Frank as a marionette is the center of attention in 'Compulsion' at Next Theatre. (Michael Brosilow)

15th in a series of season previews: Next Theatre explores the elusive stuff of secrets and lies in a season of Midwest and Chicago premieres that opens Oct. 15 with Rinne Groff’s “Compulsion,” based on the story of a Chicagoan who spent three decades pursuing the real story of Anne Frank.