Wrecks
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★★★½ "Edward Carr, who is played in this Chicago premiere at the Profiles Theatre by the redoubtable Chicago actor John Judd — a large man who looks and acts just like the bereaved you can see on those Chicago sidewalks — has lost his beloved wife to cancer. We quickly grasp that he has no idea what to do with this rush of emotion, and certainly no idea how to reconcile the formalities of death with the intensity of feeling. We come to see that this man, who tells us that he successfully runs a kind of 'Rent a Wreck' car-rental business, came out of nothing, and, to a large extent, the woman who lies dead was his savior. Judd, who talks and sweats and prowls and then talks some more — his character's truths spilling out slowly as we seem to gain his trust — acts like a big man whose world has collapsed and who is trying to understand a new and seemingly hellish landscape and his place therein. It is a formidable performance and, for the record, a great benefit of this longtime fringe company's new status as an Equity company." - Chris Jones