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3.6 / 5 Rated by 7 members
Review from Maysasmom
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This is a play based on a real life child abuse story, and as such, it was very disturbing and emotional. Since it was still in previews there were some glitches in the production which I'm sure will be corrected. A lot going on in a small space...continued

reviewed Aug 29 2013 report as inappropriate
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“What makes this production so refreshing is its attention to both realistic emotion and theatrical physical exploration. Cefalu wears his suffering on his body. The rocket pace of his mind, revealed in his Hamlet-like soliloquies, clashes with his increasingly animalistic physicality. He captures the vulnerable child of the Boy, the one that was never allowed to grow out of the cage, but he never lets us forget that his spirit is a more vicious creature, and capable of wreaking its own havoc.”—_"TimeOut Chicago": _(4 Stars)


_Boy Small _features actors Malcolm Callan, Stephen Cefalu, Cat Dean, Deanna Moffitt and Taryn Wood. The production team includes Fine Print production manager Jarrod Bainter, Dave Belden, Emmi Hilger, Steve Labedz, Mark Penzien, Sydney Ray, John Gleason Teske and Ashley Ann Woods.


Boy Small_ originated in the 2012 Citizens Play Festival at Fine Print, where it was one of four finalists in the competition. The play went on to further development in Fine Print’s Fresh Ink series, before being featured in the Saturday Series at Chicago Dramatists. Russ Tutterow, artistic director at Chicago Dramatists said of the play; “Boy Small is one of the most provocative and scary plays we have seen at 
Chicago Dramatists in our 35-year history.”

Boy Small was inspired by the tragic events surrounding the disappearance and death of Christian Choate, a boy whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in May 2011. On January 11, 2013, his father Riley Choate was convicted for neglect and abuse. At his sentencing, Riley said, “All my actions will haunt me forever. I loved my son.” The paradox of family love and intolerance, within the dysfunctional environment of American culture, is explored in Cozzola’s fictional play.

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