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Natural Gas

Open run: Wed 8 PM

The quality of an improv show is directly proportional to the quality of the improvisers who create it. Put together a group of kids who know nothing about the world—or themselves—and you get a lot of cliches and imitations of bad TV. Put together an ensemble of strong, experienced actors who happen also to like to improvise and you have the optimal conditions for a piece filled with well-articulated characters in amusing relationships and interesting situations. That latter was the case with Natural Gas, the Gift Theatre's house improv team, on the night I saw them. As in every improvisation, not every moment worked, and some actors made basic mistakes, like introducing inconsistencies. All the same, their show contained more than the usual moments of spontaneous delight—and occasional splashes of pure inspiration. —Jack Helbig $5

Gift Theatre Company (map)
4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Jefferson Park
phone 773-283-7071

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The Wild Party Variety Hour

Open run: every last Saturday of the month, 11 PM
phone 312-533-8023

Burlesque, vaudeville, shtick, and other types of performance, hosted by Silent Theatre. $10

http://silenttheatre.com
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3502 N. Elston Ave.
Avondale
phone 773-539-7838

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Take the Cake

Through 9/6: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM

For more than 20 years, Factory Theater's found success with overwrought material so artfully awful it's terrific. At first Stacie Barra's new comedy seems to fit that mold. Recently unemployed corporate drone Caroline needs her two besties—freaky free spirit Margo and maniacal mommy blogger Holly—to get her back on her feet. They encourage her to market and sell her addictive cake balls, which may be unwittingly laced with crack unwittingly borrowed from her sweet-old-lady neighbor Edith, who may be a Peruvian drug lord. Barra's got everything she needs for another Factory hit (including her own outstanding performance as Holly) except the awfulness. Instead she's written a well-behaved semi-legit comedy that's adequately amusing but never satisfyingly outrageous.—Justin Hayford $20

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3502 N. Elston Ave.
Avondale
phone 773-539-7838
Take the Cake

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Painting Molly: Two One-Act Plays

8/8-8/31: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM

Found Objects Theatre Group’s pairing of two one-acts, Mark Chrisler’s The Art of Painting and Chris Bower’s Notes to Molly, is a confusing one, though both plays address irreparable relationships and impossible expectations. The Art of Painting, presented as an art history lecture on Vermeer and his infamous forger, is more exciting and intellectually stimulating than anything I remember from college. Playing the instructor, Chrisler builds a sense of unreliability and mystery, and the twists that follow are a refreshing reminder of the vivid worlds a one-man show can create onstage. Notes to Molly, a portrait of an alcoholic couple contemplating the failures of their relationship, is thoughtful, well staged, and thoroughly depressing, but lacks the genuine and deeply personal aspects of Painting. —Marissa Oberlander $15

The Charnel House (map)
3421 W. Fullerton Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-871-9046

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Action Comedy

Open run: Thu 8 PM

Comics are not always funny—but in those cases, they can be claimed as high art, like The Walking Dead or Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Comics—the other kind—aren't always funny either. They either curl up like dead spiders and disappear beneath a dresser forever, or they soldier on to another open mike. That quick homonym demonstration aside, here's the deal with a new stand-up comedy show happening at Challengers Comics + Conversation on the last Thursday of every month. Action Comedy is a nod to Action Comics, the series in which Superman first appeared, published by what would become DC Comics. The show's produced by a five-boy team of Kevin Brody, Mitch Kurka, Ian Abramson, Jeff Scheen, and Zach Peterson, and joins an already pretty stellar line-up of live programming at the shop. Continue reading >>

Challengers Comics + Conversation (map)
1845 N. Western Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-278-0155

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Who is Tyler Durden?

8/29-9/20: Thu-Sat 8 PM

Bare Knuckle Productions examines the life of the Fight Club alter ego. $15-$20

http://bareknuckleproductions.org
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3502 N. Elston Ave.
Avondale
phone 773-539-7838

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