By the time “Title and Deed” at Lookingglass Theatre ends you might realize the name of the show by noted playwright Will Eno (“The Realistic Joneses”) is facetious.
The “man,” played by Michael Patrick Thornton, appears on stage with a suitcase, walking stick, hat and lunchbox. As he looks around he tells the audience he is not from here. You don’t learn where he is from except that it is a place that raises sheep and enjoys parades.
You don’t know where he’s going, but neither does he. He seems to be seeking a home after leaving his but he has only found stopping places so far, nothing permanent.
Maybe a phrase that he says a girl friend, Lisa, cautioned about not getting “too lost” or staying away “too long,” was insightful. But you get the feeling he has likely past that point of return.
He notes that he did return home when his mother was dying. And you sigh sadly with him when he thinks back to his mother’s illness and death. At one point he muses that he has no relatives.
You laugh at some of his musings because they are funny but you also laugh at others somewhat nervously because they hit upon truths.
But when Eno’s short play of about 75 minutes is over and the man, played brilliantly by Thornton, leaves the stage you are left thinking he won’t ever find home. And maybe, by the time you arrive home, you will think about the show’s name.
Details: “Title and Deed” is at Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Waterworks, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, now through May 3, 2015. For tickets and more information visit Lookingglass Theater.