Space: The Final Frontier

Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

There’s a finite number of those small and midsize spaces where itinerant storefront companies can ply their wares. I spend an inordinate chunk of my life in the Chopin’s basement, which housed four of my favorite productions this year: The Hypocrites’ Miss Julie and Our Town, TUTA’s Uncle Vanya and Strange Tree Group’s The Mysterious Elephant, and the Terrible Tragedy of the Unlikely Addington Twins* (*Who Kill Him).

I’d love to see more companies work there, particularly because the space’s physical limitations (those damn columns!) so often spark something superhuman in directors and scenic designers. But there are only so many slots in a year”.