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A Palo Seco
  • Lee Wexler
  • A Palo Seco
This is going to be quick: we're in a lull just now, so there are only seven new shows to talk about, which is a drop in the bucket by Chicago standards. My forecast? We'll be going in and out of the doldrums through March, returning to a normal level of too-muchness in April.

Albert Williams recommends Porchlight Music Theatre's version of A Catered Affair, saying that where Broadway blew the intimate Harvey Fierstein/John Bucchino musical out of proportion, Porchlight gets it right. Laura Molzahn, meanwhile, suggests you get a look at the innovative form of flamenco practiced by New York's A Palo Seco. The company is appearing at two venues—the Old Town School of Folk Music and Instituto Cervantes.

Other shows our critics feel good about sending you to are Stage Left Theatre's The Fisherman, in which the class cold war turns hot; Strawdog Theatre's revival of the 1935 romantic/philosophical crime drama The Petrified Forest; and the Cornservatory's goofy middle-school comedy, Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who Is Part T-Rex.

Though the Annoyance's redneck riff, Doublewide Lust, has its moments, it doesn't get a recommendation from Kerry Reid. And TUTA Theatre's homemade Fulton Street Sessions, says Justin Hayford, doesn't come up to the standards the company itself set in productions of Shakespeare and Chekhov.

And that's all there is.