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Milly's Orchid Show's Spring Spectacular 

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David Cale is relentlessly unassuming and subtle onstage, nothing like the manic, quicksilver John Leguizamo. Cale's material is devoid of high-octane social and political rants, unlike Eric Bogosian's. He avoids torturous explorations of his personal demons, unlike Spalding Gray. And he's the most consistently satisfying, funny, insightful, and moving solo performer I've ever seen--Cale understands perfectly how to make a huge, beautiful world out of small, truthful details. His shows were a staple at the old Goodman studio in the early 90s, and now he returns to Chicago for one night, thanks to impresario Brigid Murphy and her Milly's Orchid Show. Composer-guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg accompanies Cale, who often uses live music in his pieces. Also part of the spring spectacular are Murphy's "Milly May Smithy," Poi Dog Pondering member Abra Moore, and English actor Peter Dennis--the only person licensed to publicly perform A.A. Milne's works, and whose adaptation of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, Bother!, played to raves at Famous Door almost nine years ago. Ten-year-old Maxanova (daughter of former Maestro Subgum and the Whole members Michael Greenberg and Kate O'Reilly) shows off her tap dancing and singing, belly dancers Read My Hips shake their groove thangs, and Milly's gal band, the Sequins, and her boy dancers, the Coal Diggers, celebrate "springtime, the only pretty ring time." Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959. Friday, March 21, 8 PM (doors open 7 PM). $25.

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