Gregor and the squonk

Written by Daniel Caffrey
Directed by Susan Myburgh
October-November 2008 at The Bailiwick Loft

Tympanic kicked off its second season by transforming the Bailiwick Arts Center's cozy loft space into a mystical forest inhabited by mythical creatures and absurd characters.  Set in a Pennsylvania forest during the dead of winter, Gregor and the Squonk centers around Gregor Courtepy, a hunter deeply devoted to his vain wife, Margaret. After a countless number of plastic surgeries leaves her broken and self-loathing, Gregor enlists the help of their doctor to find a creature rumored to grant eternal beauty to whoever captures it. Absurd, fantastical, and often haunting, Gregor and the Squonk is the perfect fable for a society built on botox, rhinoplasty, and silicone.

[T]his sprightly, spastic staging by new troupe Tympanic has eccentric comic performances delivered with confidence and nuance ... it’s a promising outing for a company less than a year old.
— TimeOut Chicago
 
Caffrey’s script shows wit... and the cast demonstrates talent, intelligence, and commitment.
— Chicago Reader
[The] costuming and make-up are ... another example of how very creative Tympanic can be.
— Bite and Smile