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  Treefall at Trap Door Theatre


Trap Door Theatre
1655 W. Cortland Chicago

TREEFALL, named one of the ten best plays of 2009 by LA Weekly, is a tragicomic exploration of gender identity and the meaning of family. Beyond the end of the world, where trees are dying and sunlight must not touch human skin, three teenaged boys survive by reinventing a culture they never really knew. They cling to the shreds of civility by playing Daddy, Mommy, and Junior, but the game has worn quite thin. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, a stranger arrives with a terrible secret that changes everything. The LA Times describes TREEFALL as "Visually and emotionally gripping. Effectively drives home its cautionary message about the environmental legacy we're neglectfully creating for future generations."

Presented by Exit 63 Productions

Thru - Sep 2, 2018

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $15

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-384-0494

  Treefall Reviews
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  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...There's an almost complete disconnect between how this play looks and how it sounds-director Connor Baty's evocative set and David Goodman-Edberg's lighting design are responsible for virtually all the dramatic resonance there is here. I spent three-quarters of the running time picturing what this play might have been rather than what it was."
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Dmitry Samarov

Chicago Stage Standard - Somewhat Recommended

"...There is a lot to recommend in Exit 63 Theatreís Treefall, but ultimately the slow transitions, the inconsistent responses to the perils of the decimated world outside, and the too-consistent darkness of the vision of this production make for a dreary 90 minutes. The need for a family is clearly articulated, but the characters seem to have given up on finding one too early, and the hopes for making meaningful connections are too tenuous. Despite this, director Connor Baty and his cast and designers have created an immersive apocalyptic vision and do not shy away from the brutalities it engenders. Though unpolished, the talents of the ensemble are evident in the companyís second outing."

Kerstin Broockmann

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...The decision to stage Henry Murray's excellent comic-drama was a good one. It's particularly well-timed, considering the ecological state of our world and the lack of concern by this country's greedy leaders. Connor Baty's show is trim, taut and tense, allowing his fine cast to bring a richness and believability to each of their characters. The intimate production is well-supported by Baty's fine technical staff and brings Murray's story directly into the audience's lap. The unflinching presentation also serves as a coming attraction, an enticement for Chicago audiences to watch this theatre company for more fine productions in the near future."
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Colin Douglas

The Hawk Chicago - Recommended

"...The narrative is executed well on many levels, but the linchpin is the stage design by Bill Gordon and Jeff Simpson. As soon as you enter the black box, the grime and decay of the stage overwhelms. It sets a scene of desperation which accentuates the dire tone of the story. It is some of the best I have seen this year. The setting creates a solid dramatic foundation which is expertly utilized by the cast. Each character manages to capture the emotional complexity of each prepubescent kid: clumsy sexual tension, confusion, and frustration all percolate their interactions which keeps the dialogue darkly interesting."
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Ryan Moore

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...Itís surprising that more playwrights donít try to tackle Climate Change. Itís one of the most pressing issues of our era, but few plays try to deal with it. Maybe it is too real, too possible, to be entertaining, but it seems ready for exploration, and there are undoubtedly many ways of tackling it using the imagination of the theatre. Treefall makes a great place to start, and Exit 63 makes a good argument that more playwrights should try to deal with the impending catastrophe we are creating in our world."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Adults screw up; children pay the price. Thatís the premise of the late Henry Murrayís 2009 environmentalist dystopian drama Treefall. Now in its Chicago premiere by Exit 63 Theatre company, Treefall explores the relationships between a small, isolated group of teenaged boys trying to build a meaningful existence in a doomed world. Well-acted and richly designed, itís a coup for the young company and somehow manages to make a glimmer of hope appear amid a disturbing tragedy."
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Jacob Davis

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