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El Stories

4/5-6/14: Sat 11 PM

The CTA's ability to bring together disparate types of people—whether they like it or not—is celebrated in this Waltzing Mechanics show, the 15th installment in a series reenacting real-life public-transit tales gleaned from interviews with ordinary Chicagoans. The show has an LGBT theme this time around; we see thugs calling a gay guy ugly names, a drag queen throwing punches, and a sourpuss getting a faceful of confetti during Pride Weekend. The cast puts it over with energy and a genuine feel for the rhythms of everyday speech. But the sketches are pretty repetitive (again and again, it's the squares vs. the fabulous), and the unexamined class tensions between the various riders feel like the pink elephant in the train car. —Zac Thompson $20

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

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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Park West (map)
322 W. Armitage Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-929-5959

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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Deja Vu (map)
2624 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-871-0205

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Neo (map)
2350 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-528-2622

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Baby Wants Candy: The Rock Musical

Open run: Fri 10:30 PM

Baby Wants Candy--a tight troupe now famous for its improvised musicals--began in 1997 as one of the dozens of ImprovOlympic teams formed every year. Somehow they've avoided the usual dissolution of such groups. More impressive, they've never experienced the artistic conservatism that paralyzes improvisers eager to "do it right"--and reap the reward, presumably, of a career in NYC or LA. Instead the troupe has become the very model of smart, physical, quick-thinking, and just plain silly long-form improvisers; they still play well together and manage to entertain. Inspired by the improbable suggestion "So this is it" at the show I saw, nine actors (backed by the five-member Yes Band) improvised a complicated, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek tale of three partnerships on the rocks--two marriages and a professional relationship--and the narrator who helps bring the couples back together. --Jack Helbig $15

Apollo Theater (map)
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-935-6100

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Kiss Kiss Cabaret

Open run: Fri 11 PM,

The tone and pace are just right in this late-night burlesque show. Doubling as affable emcee Max Flattery, director Chris Biddle keeps the evening fresh with a rotating line-up of erotic dancers, campy acts, and nerdy comedians. Striptease routines satisfy a wide range of PG-13 fetishes, sometimes in unconventional ways. Teddy Bare's absinthe fairy number, for instance, incorporates modern dance elements not typically associated with the bump-and-grind. The result is an eclectic blend of steam, smart humor, and shtick. If Biddle and company can maintain momentum, Kiss Kiss Cabaret has what it takes to become a cheeky Chicago staple. --Dan Jakes $15 online in advance, $20 at the door

Greenhouse Theater Center (map)
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-404-7336

DJ Smokey

Fridays, 9 PM
Maxbar (map)
2247 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-549-5884

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Vain Nightclub & Lounge (map)
2354 N. Clybourn Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-435-0130

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DJ RazerX

Fridays, 10 p.m.

electro and industrial

Neo (map)
2350 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-528-2622

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