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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


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


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


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


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