The nuns in Tony Fitzpatrick’s grade school created a disciplinary paddle exclusively for him; they couldn’t get the guy to shut up. Good thing; had they succeeded, we might not have this accomplished effort. The multi-disciplinary piece combines hilarious, poignant stories with live music and, of course, Fitzpatrick’s signature, looks-like-no-one-else artwork. Accompanied by unflappable major domo Stan Klein, Lynne Jordan’s warm, earthy stylings and go-to music vet John Rice, the ensemble journeys across the country with a side trip to Istanbul.
Much tighter than last year’s “This Train,” in “Stations Lost” Fitzpatrick lands punch lines harder than Cus D’Amato-era Mike Tyson. This time, he’s preoccupied with superheroes and villains, recounting the champions (his Turkish guide, Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould) and baddies (stuffy dinner guests, French anti-smoking enthusiasts) he encounters. Ann Filmer’s direction keeps the humor and pathos balanced; her guidance in his search for the “other,” enables Fitzpatrick to find himself. (Lisa Buscani)
Firecat Projects at Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 North Halsted, (312)335-1650. Through July 24.