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None Too Fragile Theatre at Chicago Dramatists
Thru - Aug 31, 2019

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None Too Fragile Theatre at Chicago Dramatists

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Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Peacock and Teffner navigate their respective roles with the utmost empathy. Under director Sean Derry, they reveal the humanity in the characters and display their bond for each other with authenticity. This feels especially vital, as the script often moves too quickly through their sessions and the progression of their relationship. Peacock performs a number of monologues that address Caplan's relationship with his son, who was killed in Afghanistan. These moments are stunning, thanks to Peacock's ability to use silence and tempo to his advantage. In stark contrast, Teffner is tasked with performing the severe physical manifestations of PTSD from which Jason suffers."
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Katie Powers

Windy City Times- Highly Recommended

"...Given the short arrival time allotted the none too fragile theatre company before opening in rental quarters at Chicago Dramatists on this second stop in a three-city tour, a certain pacing hesitation on its first night was inevitable. As wise platoon sergeants inspire the confidence of the troops under their command, however, Sean Derry's confident direction, Brian Kenneth Armour's evocative soundscape and fully-engaged performances by David Peacock and Travis Teffner ensure our unswerving allegiance as we follow these two lost men through the darkness perpetrated by the "Boogieban"-the latest in a line of deceptive sobriquets associated with enterprises based in risk, death and lies-right up to the abreactive climax that points the way to, if not peace, then survival."
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Mary Shen Barnidge

Stage and Cinema- Recommended

"...But, no question, director Sean Derry knows how to trigger the truth at just the right moments. Teffner has real tears in his eyes as he relives the worst moments in any life. Peacock conveys both a professional's discipline and a doctor's doubts about being too broken to fix kindred souls. "Physician, heal thyself!""
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Lawrence Bommer