CHICAGO--Paying homage to a hard-boiled writer when it opens April 23, Black Friday continues Live Bait Theater's season-long series of plays about criminals. Staged by Richard Cotovsky and adapted by Christopher Peditto, this dark work is derived from a pulp novel by David Loeb Goodis (1917-1967).
Goodis, whose Hollywood spin-offs include Dark Passage and Shoot the Piano Player, never escaped the ghetto of the paperback original and died bitter and broke at 49.
Black Friday focuses on an artist who turns criminal and some small-time crooks. Despite the fact that "the only blood they share is the blood they've spilled," they somehow forge a code of respect and loyalty.
The show closes June 14; for information call 773-871-1212.
-- By Lawrence Bommer