Two Hours in a Bar
A double bill of one-acts
directed by Terry McCabe
Waiting for Tina Meyer
by Kristine Thatcher (with material by Larry Shue)
music, lyrics & book by Kingsley Day
Mar. 8 - Apr. 21, 2024
(Previews Mar. 8 - 16)
The Chicago stage premiere of Waiting for Tina Meyer, the only collaboration between Thatcher, City Lit's resident playwright, and Shue, the late playwright of the farces The Nerd and The Foreigner. Written while they were best friends and resident actors at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the 1980s, it concerns a pair of best-friend actors sitting in a bar because one of them is expecting to be met there by Tina Meyer, a woman he doesn't know who sent him a note backstage earlier that evening.
The world premiere of Text Me, commissioned by City Lit as a companion piece to Thatcher and Shue's play, is a 21st Century look at the problem of meeting people. In this version of the bar, two people come to try to make connections--on their phones. Fittingly for our fractured times, all the songs in the show are solos.