Fog Island | Filament Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Fog Island Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 1 2015

If you haven't heard of the impressive young company Filament Theatre, based in a home on the northwest side's Six Corners neighborhood, this new show is a great introduction. Adapted from a picture book by the brilliant Tomi Ungerer, Fog Island features original Irish folk music by Tim McNulty, lively elegies of loss and longing. A bit scary but mostly charming, the story follows a brother-sister pair who travel to the island of the title in hopes of saving their fishing village from starvation, brave despite the villagers having long warned them of the “banshees” and “ballybogs” there. Not everyone in the otherwise talented cast nails the brogue, but it’s the staging and choreography that anchor the authenticity here—it's a not necessarily romantic vision of the Irish pre globalization, and a timeless tribute to the magic of childhood. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $14-$20

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