St Sebastian Players is a fave of mine, and I'm gonna tell you why: They are celebrating 35 years this season, and this little company that started out at the now-defunct St. Sebastian parish at Wellington Avenue and Halsted Street has continued to push the envelope, upping their production values while adding outreach projects to their mission.
Now housed at the St. Bonaventure parish at 1625 W. Diversey Avenue, SSP continues to thrive in a little black box in the basement of the church. Another example of Chicago's fine storefront theatre ethic, SSP celebrates their company members who, as is the case in most Chicago theatres of SSP's size, wear multiple hats, working both onstage and behind the scenes. But SSP isn't afraid to cast an unknown, and many of Chicago's favorite performers have dipped their toes into the world of Chicago theatre with a start at SSP. With a chance to explore SSP's vibrant programming, including both new works and the classics, Chicago newbies can chalk up an in-town credit while scrounging for that server or temp job. Yeah for SSP!
Here is the link to my review of their latest production, Shakespeare's The Tempest. Up next for SSP is Deathtrap
in April & May.
Do not stand naked in front of a teapot as you pour out. I did that today.
I did that today.
Nothing untoward happened.
Still, I had a moment of terror. Followed by self-recrimination.
Lastly, some of you may remember a hearty discussion on my Facebook page about the appropriate way in which to keep a teapot warm. While I don't yet have one of those Teflon-type jackets for the thing, I have learned to swaddle it in multiple towels. It's like the baby Jesus.
If he was filled with tea.
And there weren't any goats about.