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'The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?' ★★★½

Edward Albee's play is always a tricky beast, based on an outrageous premise but coated in layers of normalcy. It's both a classical tragedy and a story about an ordinary American family in crisis. As Martin, Nick Sandys has a firm grip on an accomplished, hitherto happily married man who finds himself in both love and sexual congress with a cloven-hoofed mammal. As Stevie, I don't think I've seen Annabel Armour ever better. She invariably finds it easy to play sophisticated, erudite women with a wry sense of humor. But in James Bohnen's skilled production for the Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, she also steps way beyond her comfort zone and finds an authentic, gaping, goat-sized hole in her character's armor. Her collapse is at once wholly understandable and wholly terrifying. - CHRIS JONES Through May 8 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.; $30-$45 at remybumppo.org Read the full review
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