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17 shows found.
Company: N/A.
Venue: Blue Bayou
Performances: Thursday 10 p.m.
Tickets: Free
Closes: N/A.
Want to see a little something-something, but pay a lot of nothing-nothing? Belly up to Vaudezilla's Bartop Burlesque, a no-cover, low-covering striptease show at the Blue Bayou. It happens every Thursday night, and features a rotating schedule of Vaudezillian vixens, wearing nothing but their smiles and their etceteras. Get more details...
Company: Second City
Venue: Second City
Performances: Monday 8 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.
Tickets: < $20 ($19)
Closes: N/A.
Company: Second City
Venue: Second City
Performances: Tuesday 8 p.m., Wednesday 8 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.
Tickets: $19–$25
Closes: N/A.
Company: N/A.
Venue: Briar Street Theatre
Performances: Tuesday 8 p.m., Wednesday 8 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 7 & 10 p.m., Saturday 4, 7 & 10 p.m., Sunday 1, 4 & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $50+
Closes: N/A.
Company: N/A.
Venue: Pub Theater
Performances: Friday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Closes: N/A.
Company: N/A.
Venue: Chicago Dramatists
Performances: Saturday 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 ($5 donation)
Closes: N/A.
If you like to be there at the beginning, you have to be there for the Saturday Series. Chicago Dramatists' weekly staged readings have seen many fortuitous births, including Keith Huff's Broadway hit "A Steady Rain." Get more details...
Company: Chicago Underground Comedy
Venue: Beat Kitchen
Performances: Tuesday 8 p.m.
Tickets: < $20 ($5)
Closes: N/A.
Company: BLEWT! Productions
Venue: Playground Theater
Performances: Saturday midnight (first Saturday every month)
Tickets: < $20 ($10; $5 students)
Closes: N/A.
Company: N/A.
Venue: Aloft Loft
Performances: Friday 10 p.m. (April 2 2010 only), Saturday 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. (first or second Saturdays)
Tickets: $5-$10
Closes: N/A.
Can't shell out 200 big ones for Cirque du Soleil? Shell out 15 for El Circo Cheapo, a monthly spectacular for the New Depression. In lieu of a big-top and mega-bucks, they've got a converted warehouse space, talent and spunk. Featuring a rotating cast of Chicago's most fearless and flexible young performers, this reliably sold-out event has a surprise inside, every time. Get more details...
Company: N/A.
Venue: Steppenwolf Theatre
Performances:
Tickets: TBA
Closes: Runs Through Apr 30
All hail Mama 'wolf! The city's most nurturing theatrical behemoth gives back to the little guys by hosting three itinerant companies in their supercool, ultraflexible Garage space (which is actually inside the garage). The shows, which will be presented in rotating rep, include a piece about mad hipster geniuses from the New Colony, and the world premiere of a play by Katori Hall, but the hit of the festival is "The Wild," Walkabout's strange, risky, proudly difficult devised riff on the Bacchae. Get more details...
Company: N/A.
Venue: The Silver Room
Performances: Thursday 7:30 every third Thursday.
Tickets: Free
Closes: N/A.
Once a month, Chicagoans gather in a Wicker Park jewelry store to share their stories and their liquor. Free and BYOB, "Grown Folks" is more raucous, more diverse and drunker than the big-name storytelling open mics in town. The venue is surreal, and the atmosphere is anything-goes, with host Cara Brigandi acting as indulgent, tart-tongued ringleader. Come early to get a chair. Come whenever if you don't mind standing in back. Get more details...
Company: N/A.
Venue: Chicago Dramatists
Performances: Wednesday 8 p.m. (last Wednesday of each month)
Tickets: Free
Closes: N/A.
Mix it up with Chicago Dramatists' monthly short-theatre event. Playwrights get a surprise theme, a week to write and an hour to rehearse. The topic for May is consumption, so come hungry. Not sure that this sort of speed cookery is the best recipe for a night out? Don't worry. This menu of new plays won't cost you a dime. Get more details...
Company: N/A.
Venue: Book Cellar
Performances: Saturday 7 p.m. (last Sat of mo) & 8 p.m. (2nd Sat of mo)
Tickets: $10
Closes: N/A.
If someone tells you that women aren't funny, march that person right over to the Book Cellar for an evening of cupcakes and comedy. On second thought, don't. More cupcakes for the rest of us. This informal evening of sharp stand-up features a rotating cast of Chicago's best female jokers. Get more details...
Company: N/A.
Venue: Links Hall
Performances: Friday 8 p.m, Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15
Closes: N/A.
Company: Theo Ubique
Venue: No Exit Cafe
Performances: Monday 7:30 p.m. (October 14 only), Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$39.
Closes: Runs Through Apr 27
"Passion," Sondheim's prickly masterpiece about a sickly woman's overpowering obsession with a young soldier, is compulsion musicalized. This intense, difficult show is a perfect match for Theo Ubique, a fringe company that makes musical theatre seem less shiny and more gritty. In the tiny, stylishly dingy No Exit Cafe, you'll feel uncomfortably close to the action. Get more details...
Company: N/A.
Venue: Theater Wit
Performances: Monday 7 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$18
Closes: Runs Through Apr 27
"Mammoths" is refreshingly non-salacious for a play about a lesbian love triangle, and refreshingly grounded for a play full of fantastical conceits. Madeline George's script, set in an academic town, offers intelligence, emotional realism and wit. Critics say that "Mammoths" is a perfectly cast drama that manages to be relentless clever without ever becoming irritatingly cute. Get more details...
Company: Neo-Futurists
Venue: Neo-Futurarium
Performances: Wednesday 11 p.m. (12/31 only), Friday 11:30 p.m. , Saturday 11:30 p.m. , Sunday 7 p.m.
Tickets: < $20 ($7 plus roll of one die)
Closes: N/A.
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