No Bees for Bridgeport Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through Feb. 3 2013

This fantasia by veteran writer-performer Kestutis Nakas is firmly rooted in white-ethnic life on the old (and also the new) south side. Imagined as the keynote address at a Beekeepers’ Society convention, Nakas’s 45-minute monologue swiftly limns the speaker—a well-meaning middle-aged beekeeper—as well as his family, neighbors, alderman, and surprise political “chinaman.” Nakas really does have a hive in his Bridgeport backyard, but here he takes exhilarating leaps into tall tales of disaster, magical renewal, and heroism. A poetic description of the Chicago stockyards transformed is especially visionary. Nakas’s deceptively casual manner and expert impersonations yield deft humor and pathos, sometimes simultaneously. The evening opens with two short pieces: Sadie Rose Glaspey’s intriguing song cycle Redline Rider and Margaret Cook and Karen Vance’s Failing Ceramics. –Laura Molzahn

Price: $12-$15

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