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Avenue Q

Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Sun 7:30 PM beginning 7/22
Mercury Theater Chicago 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-325-1700

The Roommate

Through 8/5: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM, Tue 7:30 PM, no performance Wed 7/4
Steppenwolf Theatre 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago Old Town


312-335-1650

Support Group for Men

Through 7/29: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Tue 7:30 PM, no performances Wed 7/4 or Tue 7/17
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$75


312-443-3800

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Through 9/15: Thu-Fri 7:30, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-327-5252

Karaoke Storytellers

Sun 10 PM
iO Theater, The Mission Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Other North


With the possible exception of Jackhammer's Monday-night 2 AM drag competition, stakes don't get lower on the Chicago stage than they do at this low-key, encouraging open mike at iO. Host DJ Stephen Alec and in-character coordinator Franny Giroux emcee performances by a roster of comedians, amateur singers, and interested civilians who preface a karaoke song with a personal story that inspired their selection. It's a creative twist on the Moth-style conventions that normally outline storytelling shows and serves as a welcome addition to Chicago's rich storytelling scene. At the performance I attended, one singer recounted how her bar rendition of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" introduced her to her late husband; another sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" after describing his first on-the-job panic attack. The results are bare, vulnerable, and truly unique. —Dan Jakes