Review: 2,000 Feet Away/Steep Theatre | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED Despite its prosaic title, "2,000 Feet Away" is actually a delicate and complex play that takes on a delicate and complex issue that few if any playwrights are tackling today: adults having sex with minors. If I hesitate to use the term pedophile it's because the play, an American premiere by Steep Theatre Company, isn't really about pedophilia, even though Australian playwright Anthony Weigh confusingly includes a very minor character, a man in his forties corresponding with a pre-pubescent girl, who's clearly a pedophile. It also doesn't help matters when the law, such as that from the 2005 Iowa State Legislature that made it illegal for a registered sex offender to live within 2,000 feet of child-populated places like daycare centers, schools and parks, blurs the distinction between a sex offender, someone who has had intercourse with a person under the legal age of consent, and a pedophile—an adult who eroticizes and has sex with children. It may sound like I'm