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Open run: Sat 2 PM

How many bumbling buddies does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Or juggle? Or deliver a meal in a water balloon? On Saturday afternoons at Stage 773, the answer is three—specifically the three members of Bri-Ko. The sketch-comedy troupe Rube Goldberg would've created if Rube Goldberg had created sketch-comedy troupes, Bri-Ko puts on a silent clown show for the sort of kid who'd appreciate British humor. The name suggests bricolage—i.e., art improvised from materials found at hand. But the many kooky props at hand here (Nerf darts, ping-pong balls, various foodstuffs) are used to make a great, big mess. Tim Soszko, Brian Peterlin, and Chicago Sketch Fest founder Brian Posen bop happily about like Beaker the Muppet, contriving difficult ways to accomplish routine tasks. High art it's not, but the slapstick is practiced and the dumb smiles on these bozos' faces are contagious. —Asher Klein $10-$20

Stage 773 (map)
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
phone 773-327-5252

A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque

Open run: Sat 9 PM

Answering the prayers of nerdy straight guys everywhere, this Geek Girl Burlesque show features a bunch of scantily clad women reenacting the first Star Wars movie. The only character who isn't played by a woman, R2-D2, is represented by a trash can. M.C. Curran's script closely follows the plot of the original except that the action frequently pauses so cast members can strip down to pasties and panties. Even Chewbacca gets a turn. In the spirit of Minsky's, Timothy Bambara's staging is more suggestive than raunchy and as concerned with laughs and novelty as with titillation. It also offers the rare chance to see Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi perform a posthumous striptease to the Bee Gees' "I Started a Joke." —Zac Thompson $35

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


The iO Musical Featuring the Deltones

Open run: Sat 8 PM

Like the Cupid Players, another musical comedy act that performs at iO, the Deltones have a penchant for the nasty and the absurd. But unlike the Players, the Deltones improvise. Accompanied by veteran iO keyboardist Dave Asher, they create varied song structures and impressively catchy lyrics, and demonstrate a good feel for when to turn scenes into tunes, capitalizing on fortuitous openings in plot or character development. At the show I saw, the suggestion of "couch" led to an authentic long-form piece with intertwining characters--including a hilarious couch potato who fell onto a plumber, prompting her husband to beg, "Aw, don't pull tools out of your folds, hon!" —Ryan Hubbard $14
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iO Theater (map)
1501 N. Kingsbury
Other North

Whirled News Tonight

Open run: Sat 8 PM

The fact that this fully improvised show has lasted ten years is impressive enough—most improv troupes are good for a season or two at most. Even more impressive, though, is how well the ensemble functions under the direction of creator Jason Chin. They listen to each other, play well together, and never resort to the kind of cheap, quick laughs that can wreck a scene. Instead, as the best improvisers do, they build slowly, adding to one another's improvisations and in the process creating fascinating, funny scenes with the ease of an ace jazz ensemble. The improv bits here are loosely based on items taken at random from the newspaper, as well as on questions submitted by the audience. —Jack Helbig $14
iO Theater (map)
1501 N. Kingsbury
Other North


Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series

Open run: Sat 2 PM,
phone 312-633-0630

This near-weekly program features staged readings of works in progress. $5

Chicago Dramatists (map)
1105 W. Chicago Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-633-0630


CIC Comedy Showcase

Open run: Sat 10:30 PM

Rainbow Deli headlines a rotating lineup of comedy teams. $10

CIC Theater (map)
1422 W. Irving Park Rd.
phone 773-865-7731


Saturday Gallery Tour

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
phone 312-649-0065

This week a representative from Marx-Saunders Gallery will lead the tour to Stephen Daiter Gallery, Printworks Gallery, Jean Albano Gallery, and Marx-Saunders. Meet at the Starbucks at Chicago and Franklin.
Starbucks (map)
750 N. Franklin St.
River North
phone 312-274-0092


Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
phone 312-443-3600


Rich Lichtenstein

Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Edgewater Beach Cafe (map)
5545 N. Sheridan Rd.
phone 773-275-4141


The Two-Hour Comedy Hour

Open run: Sat 7-9 PM
phone 773-489-5471

Weekly stand-up showcase. $5 suggested donation, 21+
Gallery Cabaret (map)
2020 N. Oakley Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-489-5471
The Two-Hour Comedy Hour


Las Tablas (map)
2942 N. Lincoln Ave.
phone 773-871-2414


Green Mill (map)
4802 N. Broadway
phone 773-878-5552


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