Apologies for the radio silence here of late, but compressed early holiday deadlines at the day job, a marked downturn in the amount of theater I've been seeing (because we outsourced most of the holiday shows to the broader TOC staff) and the traditionally ramped-up December social calendar have left me with little time for blogging. But there are some unique events this weekend I'd like to point you to.
Collaboraction's Jon (reviewed here), a terrific adaptation by Seth Bockley of the short story by George Saunders (pictured), with the killer trio of Lucas Neff, Kelly O'Sullivan and Guy Massey at the core of a rocking cast, is closing this Saturday, and there are a couple of bonuses tacked onto tonight's and tomorrow's performances. Tonight, catch a preshow panel discussion on the state of Chicago theater sponsored by the Sundance Theater Lab, the Driehaus Foundation and the League of Chicago Theatres; panelists include Redmoon's Jim Lasko, Henry Godinez of the Goodman and NU, and About Face's new artistic director Bonnie Metzgar. Starts at 5:30.
Tomorrow night, Saunders himself will be in attendance, and will host a postshow talkback with Bockley. Use the discount code "friend of JON" here to get $15 tickets.