Glen Berger has written the anti-Brigadoon. In this sardonic fable about heartsore Scottish tinker Tom and the child (not his) left behind by his one true love, Berger doesn’t truck with wee magic kingdoms. Instead he conjures a sobering world of poverty, despair, and endless grief–a world that still manages to be riotously funny at times. To pass the time until the lad’s mother returns, Tom recounts a long-running saga about the fictional town of Brood, which is filled with eccentrics, among them an agoraphobic lighthouse keeper, a grave-robbing grave digger, and a pair of besotted young lovers. Berger’s elaborate narrative tricks are sometimes fussy, but Heidi Stillman’s disciplined direction and a rock-solid cast–especially Philip R. Smith, who plays a choleric but charismatic Tom–make this show an oddball treat. a Through 3/11: Tue 6:30 PM, Wed 7 PM, Thu 6:30 PM, Fri 7 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan, 312-337-0665, $20-$50.

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