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Please-O-Matic

Open run: first Sat of every month, 10:30 PM

Stand-up and burlesque variety show.

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Bridgeport

6/21-10/6: Sat 7 AM-1 PM
35th and Wallace (map)
35th St. and Wallace St.
Bridgeport

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Beverly

5/11-10/26: Sun 7 AM-1 PM
95th and Longwood (map)
95th St. and S. Longwood Dr.
Beverly

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The Comedy Evening Showcase

Open run: Mon 9:30 PM

Showcase for local comedians. $5

The Ace Bar (map)
1505 W. Fullerton Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 312-970-1505

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Shoot for the Moon

Ongoing

Featuring the restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and artifacts commemorating the 40th anniversary of its mission and other lunar adventures; astro labs and various historical space reading devices; interactive displays on galaxies, planets, and other nonterrestrial entities. The museum's regular sky shows start on the half hour, virtual reality presentations every 90 minutes.

Adler Planetarium (map)
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-922-7827

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Planet Explorers

Ongoing.

Interactive and all-ages exhibit on space flight, including simulated rides and extra-terrestrial exploration.

Adler Planetarium (map)
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-922-7827

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Space Junk 3D

Ongoing.

Adler Planetarium offers a 3D visual experience through orbits in space.

Adler Planetarium (map)
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-922-7827

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Hellish Half-Light

Through 8/30: Thu-Sat 8 PM

Many of Samuel Beckett's short plays aren't really plays at all. They're human behavior mechanisms—kinetic sculptures made of people and words, constructed to generate distilled visions of who we are and what we do. Director Jennifer Markowitz has assembled a solid half-dozen such mechanisms for this Mary-Arrchie Theatre production, ranging from a clever little joke like Catastrophe (a theater director berates his assistant while she manipulates an actor as if he were so many pipe cleaners) to a dark demonstration of political karma like What Where (a paranoid despot arrests her own thugs one by one until there's only one arrest left to be made) and the literally sculptural Play (three heads sit atop a pedestal and narrate their love triangle in counterpoint). The cast is generally strong, but Stephen Walker is exceptional, playing various characters in a naturalistic (yet often wiseass) style that, strangely enough, makes Beckett's abstractions work. —Tony Adler $25

Angel Island (map)
735 W. Sheridan Rd.
Lakeview
phone 773-871-0442
Hellish Half-Light

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Chicagoland and Fish Nuts

Open run: Tue 8 PM

At the start of each show an all-star ensemble creates a tableau onstage, then asks after a blackout, "Where in Chicago did that take place?" "Soccer practice" was the response the night I was there, and after an hour the improvisers—intensely alert and feisty—had crafted a veritable community, complete with idiosyncratic characters, unpredictable backstory, and tragicomic intrigue. Veteran T.J. Jagodowski, recognizable from a series of Sonic commercials he's done with quick-witted cast member Peter Grosz, played a thick-accented German coach. Abruptly launching a new scene by charging to the front of the stage, he squatted and gestured as he yelled at his coed youth team, "I will yank on your nuts like the Hunchback of Notre Dame working a bell!" —Ryan Hubbard $8

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Annoyance Theatre (map)
851 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-697-9693

Messing With a Friend

Open run: Thu 10:30 PM

Susan Messing's weekly show, where she pairs off with a guest "friend" for an hour of purely improvised comedy, is one of the funniest entertainments in town. Messing is deeply talented: her acting is focused and nuanced, and she's got one of the the sharpest shit-detectors around, allowing her to cut or extend scenes like a good director. She works with a different "friend" at nearly every performance, often for the first time ever, and each prods her in unpredictable ways. But Messing stays on her toes, finding newer and quirkier characters—like a chatty old lady who sings musical numbers and pop songs at work or a wife from a 1940s screwball comedy who encourages her husband to tie her up—and the proportion of what works to what doesn't is a testament to her congeniality, experience, and broad intelligence. Messing was my pick for Best Improviser in the Reader's 2008 Best Of Chicago issue. --Ryan Hubbard $5

http://annoyanceproductions.com
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Annoyance Theatre (map)
851 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-697-9693
Messing With a Friend

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Triple Feature

Open run: Wed 8 PM
phone 773-561-4665

Three original 20-minute shows. $5

http://annoyanceproductions.com
Annoyance Theatre (map)
851 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-697-9693
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