This Train | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Merle Reskin Garage Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

This Train Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 1 2010

Already a gem when it ran at Berwyn's 16th Street Theater in January, Tony Fitzpatrick's show about hobo life and lore has been revised and revived for a second run. Although the audiovisual elements--videos and slides--are more polished and Fitzpatrick's delivery is more relaxed here, the script remains almost word-for-word the same. And that's a good thing. Fitzpatrick is a natural storyteller, equally at home getting laughs or making a point, and his wide-ranging material (he talks about everything from hobo sign language to Studs Terkel) is strong. He recounts the plot to The Emperor of the North, a 1973 hobo movie, so vividly you want to run out and rent it. --Jack Helbig

Price: $22

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