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On location for A PART OF THE GAME 4/5/13.

OPENING APRIL 27TH!

Matt Rieger’s new play takes an uncompromising look at winning, losing, and living as a handful of characters wrestles with tough and tender memories of the sporting life. Pride, prejudice, aggression, gamesmanship. In A Part of the Game, every field is a maze of delicate lines, every game a gridlock of rules, and everyone strives to do the right thing. Even if it means going out of bounds.

Originally performed as a solo monologue in The Other Side of the Elephant in 2008, A Part of the Game has been expanded and developed as an ensemble piece, receiving its premiere at A House Unbuilt performance space in Ravenswood.

"I made out with the Jefferson Airplane, except Grace Slick who was a chick and Marty Balin who was on acid and looked panicky under those prince valiant bangs. I figured I’d catch up with Marty later." <EVANSTON, WHICH IS OVER THERE, by Beau O’Reilly>

One character in Beau’s new play tells the story of seeing the Jefferson Airplane live at Heartland Cafe. It’s a true story. It’s also true, according to Beau, that the Airplane was a big influence on his cabaret rock band Maestro Subgum and the Whole, whose albums are due to be rereleased sometime in the next year. Just listen to that wall of voices. It does make you think of Beau, Jenny, Kate, Colm…

Jarvis station closes, but EVANSTON goes on

We’re putting up Beau’s play EVANSTON at the side project theatre, which under normal conditions is a cool place in a funky little Rogers Park neighborhood just off the red line Jarvis stop, with a funky cafe right across the street. (You may remember we did The Caretaker there a few seasons back.)

Now, it’s our dumb luck that the CTA is closing the Jarvis stop for six weeks starting November 1. But not to worry. There are plenty of transportation options! You can walk to/from adjacent stations at Howard or Morse, located within a few blocks of Jarvis. Or take the #147 bus from the Loyola Red Line stop (our recommended route). #22 Clark and #151 Sheridan (Sunday/holiday evenings only) buses are also available.

For more info, the CTA has posted alternate routes on its Web site. Do check it out, because we’re very excited to share Beau’s new play with you.

At Beau&#8217;s behest, some scenes in Evanston, Which Is Over There take place in a certain popular cafe which shall remain (no, really) unnamed.

At Beau’s behest, some scenes in Evanston, Which Is Over There take place in a certain popular cafe which shall remain (no, really) unnamed.

This beach for us produces vibrations. Where much of Beau&#8217;s new play takes place!

This beach for us produces vibrations. Where much of Beau’s new play takes place!

Neither rehearsal nor the real thing. This is the whiz-bang bang-out smash-up playwise beachtime markety marketing video thingy for Beau’s new play Evanston, Which Is Over There, made with real actors in real character in real time. Really opening November 9 at the Side Project.

Evanston really is just over there, you know.
Evanston, Which Is Over There is a two-act comedy that takes place in the wilds of Chicago&#8217;s Rogers Park—its beaches, coffee shops and non-working elevator buildings. Henry Moore, a sometime writer, is passing out and falling in love all over the place, and his sometime friends who can&#8217;t abide each other—BB, a once-remarkable star of the local stage who now prefers martinis and solid decision making, and Hank, a rhythmically challenged ukulele player—are concerned. Various remedies are tried—Jug Band music, miniature golf, meditation—but nothing seems to be working. His neighborhood, which includes his compulsive counting step-daughter, a Buddhist runner with a penchant for spouting Sufi poems, and a disgraced psychotic cop determined to catch someone for something, surrounds him with life and disappointment.
The play features Curious members HB Ward, Jeffrey Bivens, Jayita Bhattacharya, Troy Martin, Matt Rieger and Beau O&#8217;Reilly, with guests Judith Harding, Cat Jarboe, Sid Page, Nancy Andria, Jordan Stacey, Mitch Salm, Naomi Washer and Shelby Shaw.

Evanston really is just over there, you know.

Evanston, Which Is Over There is a two-act comedy that takes place in the wilds of Chicago’s Rogers Park—its beaches, coffee shops and non-working elevator buildings. Henry Moore, a sometime writer, is passing out and falling in love all over the place, and his sometime friends who can’t abide each other—BB, a once-remarkable star of the local stage who now prefers martinis and solid decision making, and Hank, a rhythmically challenged ukulele player—are concerned. Various remedies are tried—Jug Band music, miniature golf, meditation—but nothing seems to be working. His neighborhood, which includes his compulsive counting step-daughter, a Buddhist runner with a penchant for spouting Sufi poems, and a disgraced psychotic cop determined to catch someone for something, surrounds him with life and disappointment.

The play features Curious members HB Ward, Jeffrey Bivens, Jayita Bhattacharya, Troy Martin, Matt Rieger and Beau O’Reilly, with guests Judith Harding, Cat Jarboe, Sid Page, Nancy Andria, Jordan Stacey, Mitch Salm, Naomi Washer and Shelby Shaw.

Anatomy of a groan (symphony)

WBEZ interviews Beau about the ties that bind Curious and the tribal connections behind Jenny’s Still in Play, this week on the MCA Stage.