The 60-some one-acts (three per night) in Bailiwick Repertory’s Directors Festival 1992, produced by Cecilie Keenan, range from plays and musicals to performance art and monologues; some are well-established classic and contemporary selections, while others are brand-new pieces. They’re mounted by a slew of directors, most of them little known, who are looking for an avenue to showcase their work and get their names out to the public. See? It’s working already. The final week’s “Best of the Fest” event reprises a handful of shows deemed to be the worthiest of repetition. Each night’s admission price is good for any or all shows that evening; listed starting time is for the whole night’s program, so call the theater if you ‘re just interested in seeing a particular show. Bailiwick Repertory, through April 26 (Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 327-5252). Through April 16: Sundays, 7 PM; Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM; Thursday, April 16, 7:30 PM. April 23 through 26: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM; Sunday, 3:30 PM. $6 for any or all one-acts per evening through April 16; $10 for “Best of the Fest” shows April 23 through 26.


ATAPHOS The legend of Antigone, who risked her life to bury the dead body of her rebel brother, is the subject of this dance theater piece directed by Kellie Lowery.

BEACHED Bernie DeLeo’s comedy “follows the connections and misconnections of three women in a single afternoon on the Chicago lakefront.” Benjamin Landman directs.

JACK, OR THE SUBMISSION Eugene Ionesco’s play about a conversation between two people, one of whom is dying, is directed by Dan Torbica with an eye to the AIDS crisis.


DOLORES Edward Allen Baker’s dark comedy about domestic violence is directed by Andrew Hawkes.

TO SAY YES Juan Luco directs Grifelda Gambaro’s play.

THE SLEEPWALKER’S BALLAD Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetic play is adapted by Tomas de Utrera and directed by Karen Vaccaro for La Barraca ’90, which takes its name from the theater company Lorca directed in Spain in the 1930s.


THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH Luigi Pirandello’s play about a woman stranded with a secretive stranger is directed by Cal Fuller.

BIG AL Bryan Goluboff’s comedy concerns “delusion, starving writers, and an icon named ‘Al Pacino.'” It’s directed by Steve Serpas.

NOT I Mouth tells her life story, in Samuel Beckett’s minimalist play. The production, directed by Gareth Hendee, is signed for the hearing impaired.


THE CABIN Five people are confronted with their self-images, in this new musical by Christopher Jackson. Laurie Nelson directs.

AFTER DUKE Jeff Carey’s play about two men’s decades-long friendship is played by two women under Mark Wohlgenant’s direction.

TO BOBOLINK FOR HER SPIRIT William Inge’s play about autograph hounds is directed by Warren Sampson Jr.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Suzanne Plunkett.