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Balm in Gilead

3/26-4/19: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

Lanford Wilson’s cacophonous 1964 drama takes place in a rundown Manhattan diner frequented by hookers, junkies, pushers, bums, and others on the margins of society. The characters’ lives may be a hopeless hustle, but the overall effect is one of rambunctious vitality, thanks to the script’s loud, overlapping conversations and show-offy speeches filled with rage and desperation. In this Griffin Theatre Company revival, director Jonathan Berry fails to find the music in the noise, letting his 31-member cast mug and overplay in lieu of building a cohesive ensemble. The play’s seedy atmosphere is further compromised by inauthentically clean-cut actors and Mieka Van der Ploeg’s faintly nostalgic early-60s costumes. These nighthawks look about as threatening as the T-Birds in Grease. —Zac Thompson $35

http://griffintheatre.com
Den Theatre (map)
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-609-2336

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Dead Broads Yapping

3/5-3/26: Thu 8 PM

A spoof of The View in which the guests and panelists are female historical figures. $10

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

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The Devil's Cabaret

Through 4/10: Fri 9 PM

Redmoon pays tribute to Satan's societal contributions with this celebration of the seven deadly sins. The theater company's massive headquarters will host performances by aerialists, puppeteers, musicians, and "a special appearance by God." Being that this is Redmoon, the shows will take place on multiple stages suspended by a crane. $25

Redmoon Theater (map)
2120 S. Jefferson
Pilsen/Little Village
phone 312-850-8440
The Devil's Cabaret

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Moshe Kasher

Fri-Sat 3/27-3/28, 8 and 10:30 PM

Moshe Kasher is one of Aziz Ansari's five favorite comedians right now, and seeing as Ansari is selling out shows at Madison Square Garden, you'd be wise to check out Kasher before his star is that bright. Sammy Arechar and Lara Beitz are also on the bill. $20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992
Moshe Kasher

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On an Average Day

3/27-4/12: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

John Kolvenbach's drama about two adult brothers. $15

Collaboraction (map)
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 312-226-9633

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Our Bad Magnet

3/27-4/26: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM

Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. presents the story of three childhood friends from Scotland who reunite to rediscover the joys of their youth. $25

http://maryarrchie.com
Angel Island (map)
735 W. Sheridan Rd.
Lakeview
phone 773-871-0442

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The Power of Prom

3/27-5/30: Fri-Sat 8 PM

A musical comedy that sends up 80s songs, movies, television shows, and pop culture. $20

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

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Song About Himself

3/27-4/26: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM

Theater Oobleck presents Mickle Maher's story about a woman who finds herself alone in a dystopian future; featuring Guy Massey, Colm O'Reilly, and Diana Slickman. $15 suggested donation

http://theateroobleck.com
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Storefront Theater (map)
Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph St.
Loop
phone 312-742-8497

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Redletter

Through 3/28: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM

This Neo-Futurist exploration of the digital age of media, created by poetry-slam guru Lisa Buscani and directed by Jen Ellison, feels like the most inspiring, hilarious, and relatable graduate-level journalism class you never took. That the show begins with Buscani’s hero worship of Robert Redford as Bob Woodward sets the tone for its goofy, off-kilter earnestness as ensemble members share their intimate relationships with the media. For Bilal Dardai, it's the fear of "putting my son in the care of the world’s storytellers." For Lindsay Muscato, it's the troubling power of Internet trolls. In between the explorations of the press as both sword and shield, humorous interludes highlight everything from Trevor Dawkins’s gifted physical comedy to a newsworthy burrito. There were never glory days, they say, but there also won’t be an end to journalism. Though if the apocalypse hits, Ted Turner has already taped a segment featuring "Nearer My God to Thee" to air on CNN. —Marissa Oberlander. $20

Neo-Futurarium (map)
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Andersonville
phone 773-275-5255

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Chicago Dance Month

3/28-5/3

Where? Everywhere. When? All the time. This year's Chicago Dance Month, organized under the theme "Open Doors, Open Spaces," celebrates a variety of forms—from aerial to butoh—in venues across the city. See website for details.

http://seechicagodance.com/festival/chicago-dance-month-2015

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Dividing the Estate

Through 3/28: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

In his last Broadway play, Horton Foote uses two long acts to show how mildly unpleasant the 1987 recession must have been for privileged, self-absorbed, stereotypical white Texans. Implacable matriarch Lucille’s stuck with a semiprofitable 5,000-acre estate, making do with only three black servants and two paid family members to look after her. Her three adult children endlessly grouse and scheme about selling off bits of the homestead. Her nieces are greedy idiots. Little evolves; characters change only if they have the good sense to die. A more developed production might excavate some Chekhovian social commentary from the script, which owes an embarrassing debt to The Cherry Orchard. But director Cody Estle’s good-natured, stylish, imperturbable production ambles along pleasantly without a discernible point of view. —Justin Hayford $36

Raven Theatre (map)
6157 N. Clark St.
Edgewater
phone 773-338-2177

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Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth

Through 3/28: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM

The initial red flag in Paul Pasulka’s new play is the use of the words "hoot" and "tickle" in quick succession. From there, it rapidly nosedives into a cacophony of grunts and foul language, with occasional snatches of poorly performed Shakespeare. It’s hard to lay out plot points for a play that fights so hard against cohesion, but here goes: This is a story about witches. It may or may not be set in the 90s, as is suggested by the set's outdated electronic devices. For some reason, these 90s (maybe) witches are following Macbeth’s ascent to the Scottish throne. So they intercept his wife, Gruoch, in order to manipulate her, though they have no apparent motivation to do so. Well, la-di-da. There’s another play about Gruoch–Dunsinane–currently showing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Spare yourself a headache and see that one. —Chloe Riley $15

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The Charnel House (map)
3421 W. Fullerton Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-871-9046
Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth

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The Sweeter Option

Through 3/28: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 4 PM

Failed Chicago Cub Cyril Tucker turns two-bit private investigator, heads off to repo a rental car, and ends up trapped in an elaborate embezzlement scheme—and in the arms of seemingly pitiless femme fatale Irene. John Henry Roberts’s original semicomic crime escapade hits many of the right noiresque notes, but the flurry of intricate plot points and deliberately scrambled chronology make the story difficult to follow. More problematic, director Marti Lyons’s awkwardly paced Strawdog premiere provides little incentive to care about Tucker or his world. Her cast struggle to render Roberts’s highly styled dialogue persuasive, creating an evening of indistinct motivations and murky relationships. And for all the intriguing plot twists and sordid interludes, the 85-minute piece rarely digs much beneath its pulpy surface. —Justin Hayford $28, $24 for seniors

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Strawdog Theatre Company (map)
3829 N. Broadway St.
Lakeview
phone 773-528-9696

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Four

Through 3/28: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

As spare as its title, Christopher Shinn's 90-minute play gives us four souls doing their befuddled best to liberate themselves on Independence Day, 1996. Joe is a university professor from Hartford, Connecticut, taking advantage of a trip to Boston to hook up with June, a 16-year-old gay virgin he met online. Back home in Hartford, Joe's teenage daughter, Abigayle, slips away from her bedridden mom to hook up with her wannabe boyfriend, a basketball-playing wigger named Dexter. Sex is had, after a fashion, but the couples spend most of their time engaged in pained conversation, backing ever so reluctantly into what they mean to say. There may be a delicate Chekhovian comedy in there somewhere. But by confusing quiet desperation with solemn stasis, this Jackalope Theatre production never finds it. —Tony Adler $5-$20

Broadway Armory Park (map)
5917 N. Broadway St.
Edgewater
phone 312-742-7502
Four

The Real World: Space Edition

2/20-3/28: Fri-Sat 8 PM

Stephen Kropa's comedy about a reality show set in space. $15

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

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