Theater Oobleck has been creating strange plays about strange people for 25 years now.
At this stage of the game, the troupe and their productions generally get a good critical reception, whether they open in Chicago or elsewhere (their plays have been produced in places as far-flung as Houston, Los Angeles, London and Helsinki).
But founding member and playwright Mickle Maher says it wasn't always all hearts and roses. Back in the day, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, getting started was rough going. Maher likens it to a boxer with his teeth knocked down his throat – a defeat on the verge of disaster.
Still, the company figured it out. Their first play did succeed. And Oobleck found its identity.
"It was the first time I really thought we can do this, we can pull this off," Maher said.