Catching Out: A Hobo Play With Music | School of the Art Institute, auditorium | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Catching Out: A Hobo Play With Music 

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2009
Phone: 773-296-6024
Price: $15 or pay what you can
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If you took a minute to jot down the things you'd expect to see in a series of vignettes about Depression-era hobo life, you'd probably come up with 90 percent of Cat Jarboe's 70-minute script. Guys in dusty jackets and beaten-up hats hide in box cars, slurp stew from cast-iron pots, scrounge for work from heartless farm owners, sing rootsy songs on the ol' banjo, drink from flasks, tell tall tales, and act achy all the time. The things you might not expect, like an Emmett Kellyesque clown offering succor to a destitute woman with two starving infants, come from left field. Director Lynne Marie's unimaginative staging and bumpy pacing don't flush much truth from the perfunctory writing. This Billy Goat Experiment Theatre Company show is part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. --Justin Hayford

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