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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."