Alex Goodrich as “Alex” in Next Theatre’s Everything is Illuminated. Photo by Isabella Coelho

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In Next Theatre’s “Everything Is Illuminated,” comedy, pathos, time and locations intertwine in a young man’s journey to reveal his family’s past. The book, written by Jonathan Safran Foer, has been adapted by Simon Block; the play is directed by Devon de Mayo.

With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man, Jonathan (Brad Smith), sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis.

Accompanied by an old man (Bill Norris*) haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.; and the unforgettable Alex (Alex Goodrich*), a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape into an unexpected past.

Additional cast membets are Sasha Gioppo, H.B. Ward and Ann Whitney*; Dieterich Gray* will be performing the role of “Alex” beginning March 21.

The production team is made up of Grant Sabin (set design), Heather Gilbert (lighting design), Nick Keenan (sound design) and Mieka Van Der Ploeg (costume design).

*Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity.

The play runs most weekends through March 30 at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Tickets and information are available by calling 847-475-1875, ext. 2 or at