Now in its 25th year, Curious Theatre Branch presents its fall production for 2012: Evanston, Which Is Over There: A Tale of Men and Women in the Modern World by Beau O'Reilly.
The two-act comedy takes place in the wilds of Chicago's Rogers Park--its beaches, coffee shops and non-working elevator buildings. Henry Moore, a sometime writer, is passing out and falling in love all over the place, and his sometime friends who can't abide each other--BB, a once-remarkable star of the local stage who now prefers martinis and solid decision making, and Hank, a rhythmically challenged ukulele playerare concerned. Various remedies are tried--Jug Band music, miniature golf, meditation--but nothing seems to be working. His neighborhood, which includes his compulsive counting step-daughter, a Buddhist runner with a penchant for spouting Sufi poems, and a disgraced psychotic cop determined to catch someone for something, surrounds him with life and disappointment.
Featuring Curious members HB Ward, Jeffrey Bivens, Jayita Bhattacharya, Troy Martin, Matt Rieger and Beau O'Reilly, with guests Judith Harding, Cat Jarboe, Sid Page, Nancy Andria, Jordan Stacey, Mitch Salm, Naomi Washer and Shelby Shaw.
ABOUT CURIOUS THEATRE BRANCH:
Founded in 1988 by Jenny Magnus and Beau O'Reilly--as the Curious Theatre "Branch" of the alt-rock cabaret act Maestro Subgum and the Whole--Curious has consistently worked with an ensemble of artists in a non-hierarchical decision-making process, through which the philosophy of collaboration as a social force is explored on every level.
Curious Theatre Branch has produced more than 100 full productions of world-premiere shows in 20 years, amazing audiences year after year in how much can be accomplished for so little. Curious has developed its own recognizable style, using an economy of means and production to make deeper and deeper, rather than larger and larger, work.
In 1995, Beau O'Reilly was named one of the 50 most influential people in Chicago theater by Chicago Magazine. In 1998, Beau O'Reilly and Jenny Magnus were named among the Artists of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, and nearly every year since 1998 Newcity has included them among the 50 most influential people in Chicago theater.
Curious's Waiting for Godot and The Caretaker were named among the top five theater productions of 2006 and 2009, respectively, by Newcity. In 2007, Curious Theatre Branch won an Orgie Award for Original Theater for the year-long Samuel Beckett festival, No Danger of the Spiritual Thing: 100 Years of Beckett (best ensemble), and MCA Chicago has twice invited Curious to produce work in its performance seasons, first with ROUND AND ROUND: A SEXFARCETRAGEDY, then with STILL IN PLAY: A PERFORMANCE OF GETTING READY.
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