Theater Oobleck’s dark satire The Strangerer is about to join the crowded ranks of Chicago hits that have moved on to New York.
The show, closing here 6/29, will reopen 7/9 for a six-week run at the Barrow Street Theatre–which has made a cottage industry of showcasing Windy City talent, having staged the American premiere of Tracy Letts’s Bug, absorbed the Chicago production of Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow, and repeatedly served as a summer home for master improvisers TJ & Dave.
The Chicago cast of The Strangerer–Mickle Maher as John Kerry, Guy Massey as George Bush, and Colm O’Reilly and Brian Shaw alternating as Jim Lehrer–will reprise their roles in Maher’s play conflating the 2004 presidential debates with Albert Camus’ 1942 existentialist novel The Stranger.
There’s still a small window for catching it here. Through 6/29: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat, 6/28, 8 PM, Sunday, 6/29, 3 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-347-1041, $10, “more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke.”