Infamous Commonwealth Theatre’s “Odin’s Horse” is a slick, well-produced show that only suffers from being too long. Robert Koon’s play tells the story of a successful writer struggling to find inspiration for his follow-up novel and a tree sitter he comes to sympathize with as his lawyer girlfriend fights for the company trying to cut down that tree. It isn’t exactly a story I’ve never heard, but it’s told well and by an adept cast. Stephen Dunn has a large task as the novelist. He wrangles Koon’s subtle internal drama and poetic narrative quite well. Cat Dean brings a sense of identifiable conflict to the woman up a tree. Her agile aerial work is a wonderful surprise. Anna C. Bashow does a great job of exploring the very large themes and technical demands of the script in a way that belies the size of the space. (William Scott)
At Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark Street, (312)458-9780, through October 19.