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Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander

3/6-3/16: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; 3/21-4/27: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM

Madeleine George's "academic sex comedy" examining life in a small university town. $12-$36

Theater Wit (map)
1229 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-975-8150

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Side Effects May Include

4/16-4/18: Wed 1:30 PM, Fri 7:30 PM

Andrew J. Pond stars in MadKap Productions' one-man show about the effect of early-onset Parkinson's on both patient and caregiver. $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for students

Skokie Theatre (map)
7924 N. Lincoln Ave.
Skokie
phone 847-677-7761

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Amuse Bouche Festival

4/14-4/16: 7:30 PM

Playwrights are given 24 hours to write a 15-minute script, which is then performed by local actors. Presented by the Pavement Group. $10

http://pavementgroup.org
Den Theatre (map)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-609-2336

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Follow the Reader

Thu 4/17, 11 PM
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In Follow the Reader, Chicago Dance Crash director and dancer Daniel Gibson will call the shots according to rules loosely based on the KTF (Keeper of the Floor) dance competitions that have made the crew popular. But Gibson won't be choreographing the spots. Instead, they'll be composed live by the dancers, who for 50 minutes will improvise and freestyle to tracks lifted from the B Side of this very paper. Audience members should be able to follow along, since dancers will signal when to turn a page and help make the stories recognizable by latching on to as many details as possible. The troupe may feel driven to do ironic takes on features like Savage Love, I Saw You, and the Straight Dope. But I say, go for it! Take it a step further and parody reviews, whether they be of books or beer, movies or restaurants. Heck, even this preview is fair game! I offer it up to this stupendous exploit. —Jena Cutie $5

http://chicagodancecrash.com

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Cicada

4/17-5/25: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 7 PM, Sun 4:30 PM

Set in rural Mississippi, Jerre Dye's lyrical drama unfolds in a ramshackle house where a sweet teenager named Ace lives with his mother, Lily, who's losing her mind. There are also the ghosts of several female relatives rattling around; sometimes they act as a chorus, other times as Lily's tormentors. Haunted southerners given to waxing poetic aren't exactly an untapped vein in theater, but Dye supplies piquant dialogue and a tragic sense of how the past can squeeze out the present. Both the quick and the dead are sensitively played by the fine cast of this Route 66 Theatre Company staging, which benefits from dreamlike atmospherics and a set (designed by Brian Sidney Bembridge) that feels at once claustrophobic and on the verge of collapse. —Zac Thompson $35, $20 for students

http://route66theatre.org
Greenhouse Theater Center (map)
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-404-7336

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Late Night at Garage Rep

Through 4/17: Thu 11 PM

Steppenwolf Theatre is going back to its own late-night roots for a new series, "Late Night at Garage Rep." Following each of Garage Rep's Thursday-night performances from March 6 to April 17, Late Night will feature performances from up-and-coming Chicago artists. No two weeks will be the same; the lineup promises music, poetry, and some strong words for James Franco. Continue reading >> $5

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Bouncers

4/17-5/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM

John Godber's comedy about a quartet of doormen. $15

Public House Theatre (map)
3914 N. Clark St.
Lakeview
phone 800-650-6449

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The Dream of Antigone

4/17-4/27: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM

Curt Columbus’s contemporary adaptation of Sophocles. $10

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Eyes and Ears: The Musical

4/17-4/26: Thu-Fri 6 PM, Sat noon

A contemporary musical focusing on the struggles of a deaf artist. $15

Gorilla Tango Theatre (map)
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-598-4549

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Gothic Arch

4/17-4/27: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

Forget Me Not Theatre Company presents the Rashoman-inspired tale of a single crime told through the eyes of multiple witnesses. $20

http://forgetmenottheatreco.com
Den Theatre (map)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-609-2336

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If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet

4/17-5/24: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; no performance Sun 4/20

Nick Payne's comedy about a teenage girl and her dysfunctional family. $20-$22

Steep Theatre (map)
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Edgewater
phone 312-458-0722

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Mud Blue Sky

4/18-5/25: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM

There was a time when air travel was considered glamorous, but then, there was a time when baseball fans wore suits and hats to Wrigley Field (the past truly is a foreign country). The three veteran flight attendants at the center of Marisa Wegrzyn's Mud Blue Sky, now onstage at A Red Orchid Theatre, bear little resemblance to the Pan Am stewardesses of the old days, with their fashionable uniforms and youthful air of freedom and adventure. Wegrzyn's characters are lower-middle-class grunts at the mercy of cash-strapped airlines and rude passengers who leave unspeakable messes in the lavatory. Whereas the job may have once provided fresh opportunities for women—as long as they fit a certain mold—this play's trio seem convinced they're headed nowhere. Continue reading >> $25-$30

http://aredorchidtheatre.org
A Red Orchid Theatre (map)
1531 N. Wells St.
Old Town
phone 312-943-8722
Mud Blue Sky

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You & Me

4/18-8/1: Every other Friday, 10:30 PM

Michael Patrick Thornton has a talent for lowering the mundane into the bleak, morbid, and unsavory. On the night I attended his two-person improv show, he and guest Susan Messing declined to solicit audience suggestions. Lord knows they didn't need help dredging up lumps of human spirit as sorry as they come: a pair of former high school buddies dolefully recognizing that they're probably gay or might as well be; a stroke patient (Messing's facial contortions were something to marvel at) who implores her doctor to shoot her in the face on Christmas. Thornton's red-rimmed eyes and halting Russian accent were so convincing I wanted to weep with him instead of laugh—almost. He picks a new guest every other week, on off-weeks sharing this slot with the rest of the Natural Gas improv crew. —Jena Cutie $5

Den Theatre (map)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-609-2336

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American Me

Through 4/27: Fri-Sun 7 PM

Striding Lion Performance Group presents a multimedia production examining the American identity. $10-$20

http://stridinglion.org
Links Hall at Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Avenue
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-0824
American Me

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The Body Image Project

4/18-4/26: times vary, see website

Danielle Pinnock's one-woman show. $15

Gorilla Tango Theatre (map)
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-598-4549

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