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Live Bait Theater's showcase of one-person shows features new work by a slew of familiar fringe faces. The event allows Live Bait the opportunity to launch its second performance space, the Bucket, designed specifically for solo work; shows also take place on the theater's main stage.

The fifth annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs through August 25 at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. Tickets are $10 per show; a festival pass costs $30. Call 773-871-1212 for reservations (tickets are also available on-line at; consult for more information.


Live Bait Bucket Solo Sampler

Solo artists Stephanie Shaw, Edward Thomas-Herrera, Martie Sanders, Quincy Wong, and Sergi Bosch offer samples of their new work. David Kodeski hosts. "Wong and Bosch haven't yet found their voices as monologuists. . . . Wong seems particularly ill at ease, working overtime to connect with his own material. His aim . . . is to challenge stereotypes about Chinese-Americans. . . . But for the most part his observations are superficial. . . . Bosch presents character studies. . . . As an actor, he tends to adopt a dozen mannerisms where one would suffice. . . . If he can stop fidgeting long enough to put his ideas across, [he] might develop into a performer worth watching. Shaw, Kodeski, and Thomas-Herrera are always worth watching. . . . These three should do Chicago a favor and perform a whole lot more often," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Bucket, 8 PM.



Susan McLaughlin Karp shares the experience of her first pregnancy and her baby's stillbirth. Stephanie Shaw directs. "Karp casts herself as an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary circumstances [in this] surreal montage. . . . Like the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Karp's piece is moving because she seems removed from the emotions she describes, . . . evoking them with precise, rich details. . . . Still is astonishing, avoiding every bathetic snare while effortlessly capturing the nuances of an agonizing experience. As distressing as Karp's material may be, it's exhilarating to watch a performer recover her life so artfully," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Main stage, 7 PM.

White Rice

Quincy Wong and Kim Hsieh pool their talents for an evening of monologues exploring their experiences as the American-born children of Chinese parents. Bucket, 8 PM.

The Helicopter Ride

and Wild Life

This double bill features new autobiographical pieces by Paul Turner and Martie Sanders. Main stage, 8:30 PM.



See listing for Friday, August 24. Main stage, 7 PM.

White Rice

See listing for Friday, August 24. Bucket, 8 PM.

The Helicopter Ride

and Wild Life

See listing for Friday, August 24. Main stage, 8:30 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Dan Duverney.


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