08 RA Trevor Santa Fe Playhouse 1

Robert Allen Henkel Jr. and Evan Dalzell, photo Carrie McCarthy

There’s a large, moody ape onstage at Santa Fe Playhouse starting March 14, and it’s unclear whether he’s good or evil. In Trevor, a taut comedy by Nick Jones that won the 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Writing, a former child star chimpanzee lives with his owner, Sandra, whiling away the days waiting for his next big break. Trevor, like many cranky out-of-work actors, has an inflated sense of self-importance. Sandra has her own delusions, and the new mother next door fears for her baby’s safety with such an ill-tempered primate living nearby. Inspired by the true story of a woman who was mauled in 2009 by Travis, a chimp in Connecticut, Trevor probes the lure of the spotlight and the difficulty of communication. The play runs Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 ($15 for the March 14 preview), with discounts available at the box office of the Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. De Vargas St., 505-988-4262) or at santafeplayhouse.org