Patchwork Drifter | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Patchwork Drifter The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 19 2015

The women of Babes With Blades Theatre Company made their name with swashbuckling tales filled with clanging steels and fists of fury, but this world-premiere western by ensemble member Jennifer L. Mickelson proves they can work in a quieter key. Mickelson’s graceful, well-paced drama tells the story of a mother and two daughters in the old west whose lives are changed when a mysterious drifter comes into their lives. Yes, there is one well-choreographed shoot-out, but thanks to Leigh Barrett’s focused direction, when this spare, muscular staging soars it’s because of strong acting, led by Delia Ford as the iron-willed matriarch. Despite that, Mickelson’s play feels incomplete; we leave the theater wanting to know much more about her characters and their lives. —Jack Helbig

Price: $22, $14 students and seniors


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