A Guide for the Perplexed*
Jul 9Aug 15, 2010
By Joel Drake Johnson


Sandy Shinner


Joel Drake Johnson


Kevin Anderson (Doug)
Cynthia Baker (Betty)
Francis Guinan (Phillip)
Meg Thalken (Sheila)
Bubba Weiler (Andrew)


Kevin Anderson returns for a rare Chicago appearance in A Guide For The Perplexed, the newest play by the author of the 2008 smash hit, Four Places. Anderson plays Doug, a newly released convict who takes up reluctant residence with his sister’s husband, teenage son, and tank of tropical fish. Doug’s rehabilitation process, absurdly funny and heartbreakingly sad, is by no means limited to the ex-con. When his over-heated female pen pal arrives bearing gifts, the play explores the characters’ mutual feelings of pain, guilt and fear, which lead to a tenuous recovery that is both hopeful and real.

Production Team

Sandy Shinner – Director/Associate Artistic Director
Jeffrey Bauer – Scenic Designer
Carol J. Blanchard – Costume Designer
Todd Hensley – Lighting Designer
Andre Pluess – Sound Designer
Grant Sabin – Props Designer
Tina M. Jach – Stage Manager