Ike Reilly's Cops & Clergy | iO Theater, The Mission Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Ike Reilly's Cops & Clergy 

When: Mondays. Continues through Oct. 13 2014
Price: $10
Longtime Chicago rocker Ike Reilly sends that romantic-prole vibe you get from guys who probably read Nelson Algren at an impressionable age. (Tony Fitzpatrick had it too, until he chose to wimp out and head for New Orleans next.) On opening night of this weekly show he hit the stage in work pants, a denim jacket, and epically scuffed-up shoes, playing an electrified acoustic Gibson. Backed by a drummer and a piano player, he performed a fistful of his own songs—mostly solid genre pieces on subjects like getting out of a crummy dead-end town, but with the sort of literate twists that would've endeared Algren to Simone de Beauvoir. One tune juxtaposes a supplication to a girlfriend with an appeal to a priest; another, Reilly said, is based on a lover's plaint his dad wrote when he was dating Reilly's mom. Reilly is apparently serious about the "cops and clergy" theme: His first guest was a Catholic churchman named Max Anderson who talked entertainingly about maintaining a sex life along with a celibate calling. (The secret? Compartmentalization.) More than once Reilly noted that they could be having their conversation in his living room at home, and he was right. And that's the charm of the thing. –Tony Adler



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