Chicago Theater Report for January 26, 2020

Note: Due to scheduling issues, the January 19th, 2020 Chicago Theater Report did not run during that day’s show. Segments of that report are interspersed throughout the January 26th report. Below is a transcript for the 1-26-2020 report and are not reflected in the transcript below. You can view the original transcript for the 19th’s show here.

Listen to the show:

WCGO Radio Site (scroll down to January 26, 2020, 2nd hour, starts at about 3:08.

Facebook video (segment starts at about 1:10)

Soundcloud (segment starts at about 3:15)

Transcript

This week, I have news of some upcoming suburban events as well as a report on Shattered Globe Theatre’s “Sheepdog,” a powerful play that explores a couple’s relationship after a police-related shooting. 

Firebrand’s Always, Patsy Cline Extended…Again!

But first, I’d like to extend my hearty congratulations to Firebrand Theater for yet ANOTHER extension of “Always, Patsy Cline,” now running through February 23rd at The Den. This is a FABULOUS show and I encourage everyone to check it out, especially if you are a country music fan. Even if you aren’t, though, this remains a show to check out. Visit FirebrandTheatre.org or  The Den’s box office to order tickets. 

From the Suburbs

If you like musicals, you’ll probably want to know that The Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest will be staging THE FANTASTICKS this February. Considered to be the longest-running musical in history, THE FANTASTICKS is the story of Matt and Luisa, a  couple of young people who fall in love because their fathers tell them not to.

Previews begin on February 5th and 6th, with the regular run starting on February 7th and ending on March 8th. Preview tickets are $20, Regular tickets are $40 on weekdays, $45 on weekends, and senior, group, and student discounts are available. Visit www.citadeltheatre.org or call  847-735-8554, ext. 1 to order tickets.

Another upcoming suburban event is a performance by Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano (BFNM), a Mexican dance group, in the McAnich Arts Center, at the College of DuPage on Sunday, February 16th. The performance is part of the Frida Kahlo Performance Series Events intended to celebrate the “Frida Kahlo 2020” exhibition coming to the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the MAC June-August 2020.  

Tickets are $59 and a free MAC Chat will precede the program. For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.

Sheepdog by Shattered Globe

Last Sunday I got to see Shattered Globe’s Sheepdog at Theatre Wit: Sheepdog tells the story of two young police officers Amina and Ryan, who have fallen in love. Amina is black, Ryan is white, and they work together to navigate the perils and pitfalls of law enforcement. One day, Ryan is involved in the shooting of a black teenager and the fallout from this incident challenges both Amina and Ryan in powerful ways.

This is a 90-minute production with no intermission. The only two actors in this performance are Leslie Ann Sheppard and Drew Schad: Both embody their characters in what is a difficult and, ultimately, devastating story. They had the entire audience rapt throughout the entire play. I give Sheepdog my strongest recommendation.

Incidentally, this was my first time at Theatre Wit and I was very impressed, particularly by its lovely lobby bar that features local spirits, handmade cocktails, and intriguing wines. The building is snug but comfortable and is in a neighborhood with plenty of dining options. To order tickets for Sheepdog, visit www.TheatreWit.org. Tickets are on a pay as you can basis, between $15 and $42 each and they are selling fast, so grab yours now.