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True West

Through 8/25: Wed 2 and 7:30 PM (Wed 7/17, 7/24, and 8/21, 2 PM only), Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM (Sun 8/18 and 8/25, 3 PM only), Tue 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets$20-$96


Dream Freaks Fall From Space

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 4 PM, Tue 8 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$29-$46

Second City is in denial. Donald Trump is our president, and along with that comes a host of issues regarding race, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and police brutality, among other things. The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along. And speaking of denial, scenes break one of the most fundamental rules of improvisation—embody the spirit of "yes, and . . . " to complement your partner onstage. Here instead actors deny ideas with "What are you talking about?" Second City is the tentpole of Chicago comedy for the rest of the country, but Dream Freaks feels like it was concocted in an intermediate-level improv class where mere nods get laughs and politics get skewered with Pixy Stix. Continue reading >> 312-337-3992

Adding Insult to Injury

8/30-9/20: Fri 8:30 PM
Blackout Cabaret 230 W. North Ave., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$13

The sketch troupe Huggable Riot offers a new revue on "the uncomfortable and how we face it," directed by Kevin Black. 312-337-3992