Deirdre of the Sorrows at City Lit Theatre

We had an amusing theatre going moment a month or so ago as we went into the city to a theatre we had never been to, City Lit theatre. It was a bit of an adventure as we ended up not going to the performance after having spent some time to drive into the Edgewater section of Chicago. There was no parking.

MK had researched it and from the website, it made it clear that there was plenty of parking on the street. That, in fact, is true, however it does not in the least account that perhaps there might be days when all of it is taken. That was the case on the Sunday we happened to choose to drive there.

We tooled around in our car searching for parking for over forty-five minutes and finally just came home. We couldn’t even find a SpotHero or ParkWhiz spot with our apps.

MK called in and they apologized and told us they would comp us tickets to another play. That is the case and we went on Sunday.

It was easy since we saw the Bryn Mawr El stop right near the theatre, a stop on the Red Line. All we needed to do was to go to Wilmette at 4th and Linden, hop on the El (purple line) in the direction of Howard, get off at Howard (you have to anyway since it is the end stop), and change to the Red Line in the direction of the city and get off at Bryn Mawr. It was $12 for us round trip and a parking fee of $4 in Wilmette, a good deal and very convenient.

The play is quite interesting, an old Irish legend of warring people and revolving around the legend of Deirdre, who grew up to be a person to fight over, causing great loss of human life. The King, who knew of the possibility of this due to the forewarning of a seer, and set out to marry her himself. He was older; Deirdre was not interested, and of course finds a young man and runs off.

The play was in an old church building in Edgewater and in an intimate setting. The set was simple and wonderful and the actors did a great job. The play was written by John Millington Synge, who also wrote ‘The Playboy of the Western World.’

It was a great outing from all standpoints and there are some wonderful restaurants and cafés that we did not sample, saving them for another time.

Sunday outings can be fun!

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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