Bailiwick Directors’ Festival
Bailiwick Repertory’s tenth annual showcase of directorial projects features one-acts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. This year’s edition, in which several different plays are presented each evening, finds 18 directors chosen from “numerous applicants . . . identified only by their social security numbers, not names, so that the merit of their directing proposal and resume outweighed any personal influences,” a press release proclaims.
Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. Through August 12: Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. $8 per evening.
The Reader runs festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for August 10 through 12, featuring repeat performances of productions seen two weeks ago.
MONDAY, AUGUST 10
Calm Down Mother
This feminist play by off-off-Broadway pioneer Megan Terry is staged by Lisa Hackman.
The Great Nebula in Orion
Lanford Wilson, another off-off-Broadway trailblazer, examines the friendship of two women, in this play directed by James Eldrenkamp.
Removing the Glove
Nicolas Minas directs a new comedy by Clarence Coco about “lefties struggling to adjust in a right-handed world.”
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
The Libation Bearers
Aeschylus’ ancient tragedy is presented in a new adaptation directed by Tom Small.
Harvey Fierstein’s comedy about gay life in the age of AIDS is staged by Elena Yuan.
A.R. Gurney’s epistolary comedy-drama, a readers’ theater work that traces the lifelong friendship of a staid lawyer and an unstable artist through their correspondence, is directed by Michelle Goltzman.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
The Tape Recorder
Australian playwright Pat Flower penned this suspense thriller, directed by Carolyne Haycraft.
Fred Gaines’s comedy about premarital infidelity is staged by Malachy Boyle.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): The Great Nebula in Orion theater still.