Lisa Dillman's Detail of a Larger Work ends its scheduled run at the new Garage space of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, June 11. Tickets are available for all remaining performances (though the June 8 show was sold out).
Detail began performances May 18 and officially opened May 21. The play is about an elderly American painter and his wife visiting a tiny Mexican village. There, while the artist is trying a complete his final masterpiece, they meet and befriend a young couple. But when the young man, a photographer, asks to take the older man's picture, the relationship takes a complicated turn.
The work bear surface similarities to Ten Unknowns, the upcoming Jon Robin Baitz play, about an aging painter living in Mexico, whose life is altered by a visiting biology researcher. That work is due at Lincoln Center Theater in 2001.
Robin Stanton directs Detail. In the cast are Maury Cooper, Joe Forbrich, Katherine Martinez Ripley, Chicago veteran Mary Ann Thebus, and Ron Wells.
Past productions in the Garage space include Austin Pendleton's Orson's Shadow and Bruce Norris' The Infidel, both successes. Tickets are $10. The Garage is located at 1624 N. Halsted Street. For information, call (312) 335-1650, or consult the website at www.steppenwolf.org.
--By Robert Simonson