Credit: Blake Montgomery

The Building Stage

Blake Montgomery was the heart and soul of the Building Stage, and Blake Montgomery decided to move on to other things. So the eight-year-old West Loop theater company closed for good at the end of April. Before it went, though, Montgomery and friends created and staged Dawn, Quixote—a comic deconstruction of Miguel de Cervantes’s classic tale about a middle-aged man who, having fallen under the illusion that he’s a knight-errant, takes to fighting windmills that he thinks are giants. Played out before a set consisting of artifacts from previous Building Stage shows, the piece was not only hugely entertaining but incredibly poignant. One might be tempted to read it as the confession of a man who’d just awakened from the dream of doing something as quixotic as, say, running a theater.