First, put your mind to rest about this play's awful title: Nobody is stabbing any chickens.
But that's about the extent of the reassurance I can offer about Knives in Hens by David Harrower, an unnerving, mysterious play in an intriguing if patience-testing production at Theatre Exile's Studio X under Brenna Geffers' direction.
Young Woman (Emilie Krause) has become the wife of William (Jered McLenigan, the only person in the cast who actually seems to inhabit his character), a ploughman. This is a primitive world, far more primal than anything the word rural conjures up; there is food to be eaten, there are fields to be plowed, horses to be cared for. And there is sexual desire, as they fall upon each other after their simple, exhausting workdays. We're in some sort of rugged Eden, and it is Eve who will perform the Adamic task of naming things. Once named, there is a world.