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  Trevor at A Red Orchid Theatre


A Red Orchid Theatre
1531 N. Wells Street Chicago

Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and terrifying play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love-Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who promises he would never hurt a fly. Nick Jones' surprising play explores family, flawed communication, and the complexity of "acting like a man."

Thru - Dec 1, 2013

Price: $15-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-943-8722

Running Time: 1hr, 45mins

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  Trevor Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Good contemporary black comedies are hard to find, and Jones' play is very cleverly structured. Its central conceit - we understand everyone, although the chimp can't comprehend the chatter of humans any more than they can follow him - puts the audience constantly in a position of superiority, which is ideal for comedy. And there are some deeper issues in play here: you can see it all as a metaphor for the perils of training animals, or even as a jab at those humans who insist that their four-legged friends have human emotions and behavior, when they actually are, well, animals. I know a few people like that, and I appreciated that particular riposte. Actors will like Jones' satire at the expense of the entertainment business, which loves to tell actors who they are and what tricks they should do, and then wonders why some of them learn how to bite."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Jones' story is loosely based on an actual 2009 event involving an exceptionally gifted "show biz chimp" who was raised from infancy by a Connecticut couple, and literally went ape later in life. But the genius of his play is how he has so cleverly humanized both characters. This could easily be the story of a lonely woman whose life is devoted to the care and feeding of a manic-depressive, attention-demanding but undeniably gifted son - a "guy" long down on his luck, and far too old to be living with mom. Of course mom's need for Trevor is a case all its own."
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Hedy Weiss

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...This is a comedy with a very, very long shadow. The story of Trevor is also the quietly disturbing story of Sandy (Mierka Girten), trying to preserve her world despite the recent death of her husband. It's the story of an ape who is losing control of himself. It's the very violent reality of a wild animal. But a chimpanzee uttering platitudes on show business to himself, bemoaning his career and struggling with fecal flinging in a feather boa is just so damn funny. Or maybe it's the most enjoyable brooding drama ever written, because Trevor is built on a disturbing truth: We're laughing at the monkey, not with him-and he's starting to realize it."
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Kevin Thomas

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...This is a well paced, brilliantly performed (by Grimm and Girten), and hilarious dark comedy is a treat with its refreshingly wacky premise. A Red Orchid Theatre once again demonstrates their place as one of Chicago theatre's gems. See this funny show to experience top drawer theatre in an intimate space for a reasonable price."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...In the end, the success of “Trevor” will come down to how well you accept its central conceit, that a woman not only owns a chimpanzee (and it should be mentioned that Jones was inspired by the infamous “Travis the chimp“), but socializes with it – and that we’re expected to empathize with the chimp’s frustrations and anguishes. If you’re willing to suspend your belief, though, and accept the play for what it’s attempting, you’ll be treated to a nuanced, carefully written and acted drama that, sans an overly simplistic final scene, has intriguing thoughts to share on not just the nature of celebrity, but our relationship with our pets, as well."
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Peter Thomas Ricci

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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