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LONG GONE LONESOME
Last spring, the National Theatre of Scotland staged the riveting military epic Black Watch in the unlikely but apt Broadway Armory. Now the Scots return with this story of a Shetland Islands fisherman who posthumously hits it big as a country music star. Expect more thinking outside the black box: Where better for tear-in-beer ballads than The Hideout?
2/2-4 Sort of the Henry Darger of country music, the Scottish fisherman Thomas Fraser left behind thousands of homemade country and blues recordings when he died in 1978. A quarter century after his death, his music took Nashville by storm. Fraser’s story comes courtesy of the National Theatre of Scotland, playing in the intimate confines of The Hideout. $25–$35. National Theatre of Scotland at The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia. chicagoshakes.com.
Photograph: Rebecca Marr