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This annual festival of solo performance, now in its fourth year, features more than 20 pieces by local, national, and international artists. It runs through 8/28 at Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, and Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 per show; $12 for students. Tickets for Breadline shows can be purchased by calling 312-498-3369; Theatre Building Chicago tickets are available at the box office and by calling 773-327-5252. The festival also offers workshops on performance at Act One Studios, 640 N. LaSalle, suite 535. The workshop registration fee is $45; call 312-787-9384. For more information on the festival, call 312-498-3369 or see www.singlefilechicago.com.

THURSDAY 25

Delores Dogan and Vegas, Baby

A double bill, coproduced by Serendipity Theatre Company. Emily Churchill stars in Courtney Shaughnessy's solo about female adolescence, directed by Adam Belcuore. Gerritt O'Neill presents his solo about life in Vegas and the struggle to get out. a Breadline, 8 PM.

R True Theater Critic

Half-Polish, half-Malian avant-garde artist Omar Sangare is a performer of astonishing control and grace. In this stream-of-consciousness tour de force, which got him the nod for best actor at the 1997 New York International Fringe Festival, he dismantles the critic's craft and persona but goes on to pretty much take apart theater altogether. In the high eastern European style, Sangare's autopsy is by turns passionate, exhausted, hilarious, and transcendentally dismayed. But for all its teeth gnashing and intellectuality, it's also a gorgeously choreographed, masterfully executed movement piece that speaks directly to the senses. (BN) Performed in English. a Theatre Building, 8 PM.

FRIDAY 26

R Self (The Remix)

Chicago-based poetry slam champ Robert Karimi's brisk autobiographical monologue is based on the notion that personality is created through sampling and blending. Karimi's candor in discussing his Iranian-Guatemalan heritage is refreshing, but his easygoing manner belies a lingering discomfort as he recounts daily beatings at school during the Iran hostage crisis and his discovery of rap music--a lifeline--at the onset of puberty. (NG) a Breadline, 8 PM.

Man 1, Bank 0

Patrick Combs's solo show recounts what happened when he cashed one of those fake checks you get in the mail. a Theatre Building, 8 PM.

SATURDAY 27

Workshop With Omar Sangare

Polish writer-performer Sangare, creator of True Theater Critic (see listing for Thu 8/25), focuses on Stanislavsky and Grotowski techniques in this workshop (rescheduled from last week). a Act One, noon.

Workshop With Tanya Krohn

Krohn, creator of Puddlejump (see listing for Sat 8/27), offers a workshop on physical techniques in developing solo work. a Act One, 2 PM.

R Self (The Remix)

See listing for Fri 8/26. a Breadline, 8 PM.

R True Theater Critic

See listing for Thu 8/25. Performed in English. a Theatre Building, 8 PM.

Puddlejump

New York performer Tanya Krohn plays five characters on an all-expenses-paid trip to hell. a Breadline, 10 PM.

Man 1, Bank 0

See listing for Fri 8/26. a Theatre Building, 10 PM.

SUNDAY 28

R True Theater Critic

See listing for Thu 8/25. Performed in English and Polish. a Theatre Building, 3 PM.

The Moment to Its Crisis

Performers from across the nation join forces for "a birthing session of engaging solo work." The evening is curated by the Eclectic Kaos Group (ekg) and includes appearances by Anita Yoeu Esguerra, Robert Karimi, Kurt Heintz, Richard Richards, Tanya Saracho, Shawn Taylor, and Avery R. Young. a Breadline, 7 PM.

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