Bailiwick Repertory’s Directors Festival 1992, produced by Cecilie Keenan, offers productions ranging 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 festival concludes with two “Best of the Fest” programs reprising a handful of shows deemed to be the worthiest of repetition. Program A, listed below, runs an Thursday and Saturday, April 23 and 25. Program B, yet to be chosen, will run an Friday and Sunday, April 24 and 26. 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 show. Bailiwick Repertory, through April 26 (Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 327-5252). Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 PM; Sundays, 3:30 PM. April 16 program, $6; “Best of the Fest” programs April 23 through 26, $10.


FRIENDLY SKIES A late-night chat at O’Hare Airport between a young businessman and a Chicago cop reveals their previous encounter at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, in this play by John Lorden. Jim Vincent directs.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT David Wesley Graham’s comedy concerns the premiere of a controversial art work. The play’s world premiere is directed by Ray Scott Crawford.

FENSTER ROAD Ellen Puff directs the world premiere of Gannon Kenney’s drama about a woman whose memories are stirred by a random act of violence.


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.

CONT(R)ACT Max Burbank’s new surreal comedy about “the terror of crossing the line from the familiar to the unknown” is directed by Marc Rosenbush.

I SHOW UP AND SMILE Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis seeks personal fulfillment, in this “campy musical” written by Scott Sandoe and Steve Taylor and directed by Edward Kerros.


To be announced.


Repeat of “Best of the Fest” Program A (see Thursday, April 23).


To be announced.