The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show Agenda Closing (Theater and Galleries) Free The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, 4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27 2012

I got into some trouble during intermission and missed the end of this outdoor production staged on and around the back end of a truck. But the first hour or so was enough to tell me what I needed to know. The Great Fire is an amiable, determinedly amateurish variety show held together (if that phrase can be said to apply) by a guitar-playing cat and a singing pigeon who tell stories about Chicago‐and, in particular, about the neighborhood in which they happen to be performing. The pigeon offered some mildly interesting historical tidbits when I was there. But the variety acts, including belly and fire dancers, weren't good enough to justify the fact that they had nothing to do with anything. And the show overall suggested not just a lack of rehearsal, but the lack of a conversation about rehearsing. (Multiple locations. See for schedule.) ‐Tony Adler

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