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Over the Counter, a Bar Show 

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Paper Crane Theatre offers gleeful mayhem in its 45-minute show, scheduled to appear at several pubs over the next month. The revue made its first stop at Wicker Park's Rodan, where the playing area was so small--eight by ten feet, tops--patrons got splashed during the water-ballet number, when Lauren Brenner mixed martinis in an inflatable pool, then went for a swim. For sheer inventiveness you couldn't beat Kate Mulligan's reverse striptease--a sensual dance in which she dresses--or Laura Grey's improvised serenades to audience members after gleaning a few details about them in brief interviews. There are also magic tricks, hand-jive juggling, hula hoop competitions, disco homages to Laugh-In, and even a straightforward song or two. This is madcap fun needing no alcohol boost. Thu 6/2, 10 PM. Nevin's Live, 1450 Sherman, Evanston. Then Fri 6/3, 10 PM. Joy-Blue, 3998 N. Southport. Then Mon 6/6, midnight. Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand. Then Wed 6/8, 10 PM. Aliveone, 2683 N. Halsted. Then Thu 6/16, 10 PM. Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont. Then Fri 6/17, 10 PM. Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln. Call 847-989-2575. $5-$10 "or requested donations will be posted at the door."

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