We arrive in Chicago, the windy city, at lunchtime. We then had dinner at one of the many city steakhouses and went to what some consider the world’s best theatre, the Steppenwolf. We saw the play “Russian Transport” by Erika Sheffer.

A rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. When Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, his mysterious business ventures force the family to decide just how far they are willing to go to come out on top.

PJ Powers, the Artistic Director and company member of Timeline Theatre chaperoned us for the whole weekend in Chicago. PJ was a co-founder of TimeLine 1997 and became Artistic Director in 1999. He has overseen the production of more than 50 plays, including eight world premieres and 16 Chicago premieres. TimeLine has garnered 46 Jeff Awards, including eight for Outstanding Production. A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University in 1995, PJ also served for six years on the Board of Directors for the League of Chicago Theatres and has been featured three times in Newcity’s articles listing “Chicago Theatre’s 50 Leading Characters.”

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