Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater. So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now.
The show in question is "You Only Shoot the Ones You Love," which Sweet describes as "a solo piece about my dealings with the (Chicago) improv community." Sweet has workshopped bits of the piece in various spots, including Chicago. But he has gained cohesion and traction from his well-reviewed performance at the Fringe Festival. It tells the tale of Sweet and the likes of such famous Chicagoans as Paul Sills and Sheldon Patinkin. And Del Close.
After some encore performances in New York, "You Only Shoot" will play for one night at the iO Theater in Chicago on Sept. 22. That is a venue suffused with the ghost of Close.
"I am expecting," Sweet said, "some rumblings from the floorboards."
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