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Flora, the Red Menace 

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Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb began their partnership with this nearly forgotten 1965 delight, also Liza Minnelli's Broadway debut. In this survival saga with a cautionary ending reminiscent of Sweet Charity, hopeful Hungarian Flora, a fashion illustrator turned radical, gets entangled with the communist party--until she's asked to sacrifice love for independence. This plucky staging for Theo Ubique Theatre Company, directed by Fred Anzevino and Beverle Bloch, showcases the inventive score and the nine cast members' rich if raw talent. Elizabeth Lesinski's driven Flora and Jeremy Trager's endearing fellow traveler connect memorably in "It's Not Every Day of the Week." And Danielle Brothers is a hoot as a very odd woman out. Through 7/30: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, 773-743-3355, $20-$22, $35 dinner/show package (dinner service begins one hour before performance).

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