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Review: Goldfish/Route 66 Theatre Company | Newcity Stage
Alex Stage and Francis Guinan/Photo: Rob Zalas RECOMMENDED While many adolescents take their parents' values as a challenge, rarely do they grasp what's at stake for them. A child's success can completely reverse years of fatalistic cynicism in a parent. For at least one character in Route 66's "Goldfish," the stakes are nothing less than their entire life. Taking its name from a series of illuminating animal metaphors, "Goldfish" is a play about two single parents (Francis Guinan and Shannon Cochran) and their children (Alex Stage and Tyler Meredith) who fall in love. It is a play that is both astutely funny and agonizingly beautiful. While it implies the issue of balancing protective impulses, it focuses specifically on children's desire to reprogram their parents' hardwired linear thinking and the trappings therein. As the home-wrecker Leo whose pride emerges through layers of pain, Guinan lives up to his well-earned reputation as one of Chicago's great treasures. His ability to