If you haven’t seen Goat island, I suppose I can forgive you. They only perform in Chicago about once a year and then for only one weekend. But if you don’t call right now and make reservations for their two weekend gig, you have lost all of my sympathies. Goat Island’s work is about as challenging and delightful as Chicago has to offer. Somehow they elicit delicate imagery from coarse physicality, taking the pedestrian into the realm of pure metaphor. Eschewing narrative for a succession of evocative images, they can infuse cheap plastic baby dolls or wet pairs of underpants with powerful meaning. The two pieces to be presented, We Got a Date from 1989 (playing October 9 to 11) and Can’t Take Johnny to the Funeral from 1991 (October 16 to 18), premiered in Chicago and then traveled around the nation and overseas. Seeing the two works back-to-back affords a unique opportunity to witness the evolution of this talented group. Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington, 772-9273. October 9 through 18: Fridays-Sundays, 8 PM. $8.

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