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Michael Palascak

10/1-10/4: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM

$22 plus two-item minimum

Zanies (map)
5437 Park Pl.
Suburbs Northwest


Ignorance Is This

Through 10/22: Wed 8 PM

A show from sketch troupe Brand New Toys. $10

Public House Theatre (map)
3914 N. Clark St.
phone 800-650-6449


Agreed Upon Fictions

Through 10/25: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 5 and 8 PM

The life of suburban mom Katie consists of craft projects and hockey games with her 13-year-old son, Daniel. Then her neighbor, a doddering old man named Harold, comes under investigation for possession of child pornography, and when he isn't arrested but allowed to stay in his home, a witch hunt of the highest order ensues. There are some issues in this production—the piano music in between scenes, for example, is sappy and melodramatic, just what Shayne Kennedy's tight, suspenseful play is not. But the finale stuns as, alone with Harold, Katie at last grasps a small piece of the truth. The closing moments leave us with no monster to hunt, just a man in pain and a woman exhausted from walking a very thin line between the desire to punish and protect and the desire to understand and forgive. —Chloe Riley $18

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Nick Thune

10/2-10/4: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM

This guitar-strumming comedian combines deadpan delivery with witty humor and quiet confidence. On his latest special, Folk Hero, there's often a pause between the punch lines and laughter as the audience connects the dots, but sometimes figuring out the joke is half the fun. $20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992
Nick Thune



10/2-11/23: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM

Laura Marks's drama about a cash-strapped woman coping with the Great Recession. $20-$30

Gift Theatre Company (map)
4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Jefferson Park
phone 773-283-7071


Clean House

10/2-10/25: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM

Sarah Ruhl's romantic comedy about a Brazilian cleaning woman who wants to become a comedian. $30

Athenaeum Theatre (map)
2936 N. Southport Ave.
phone 773-935-6860


The Cryptogram

10/2-11/16: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8 PM, Sun 7 PM

Profiles Theatre presents David Mamet's story about the fleeting nature of childhood in celebration of the play's 20th anniversary. $35-$40

Profiles Theatre, Alley Stage (map)
4147 N. Broadway St.
phone 773-549-1815



10/2-10/30: Thu 10 PM

An improvised ghost story. $5

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212


Danny Casolaro Died For You

10/2-12/21: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM (except Thu 11/27), Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM

Thriller based on the story of a freelance reporter who was found dead while investigating an alleged international conspiracy. $39-$52

TimeLine Theatre Company (map)
Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, Baird Hall Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave.
phone 773-281-8463


Tony Rock

10/2-10/5: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 and 10:15 PM, Sat 7 and 9:15 PM, Sun 7 PM

$19 plus two-item minimum

Chicago Improv (map)
5 Woodfield Rd.
Other Suburbs Northwest
phone 847-240-2001


Dead Lift

Fri 10/3, midnight; Sun 10/5, 8 PM

A spooky sketch show from Jake Marcks. $10

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Gorilla Tango Theatre (map)
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-598-4549


The Goldfish Project

Starts Oct. 3. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 11

The New Colony presents Shawn Bowers's show detailing his experience posing as a woman on online dating sites.
DANK Haus (map)
4740 N. Western Ave.
phone 773-561-9181


The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fri 10/3, 7 PM and Sun 10/5, 3 PM

A re-creation of the 1940s radio adaptation. Audience members are encouraged to dress in styles from the period. $30, $25 for seniors, $15 for 18 and under

Nineteenth Century Club (map)
178 Forest Ave.
Oak Park/River Forest
phone 708-386-2729


Twelfth Night

10/3-10/26: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

Leftend Productions presents Shakespeare's gender-bending farce. $24
Den Theatre (map)
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-609-2336


American Ballet Theatre

10/3-10/5: Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM

In honor of its 75th anniversary, American Ballet Theatre presents the retrospective "All-American Celebration," its celebratory zeal a natural side effect of the four works on the program, original ABT premieres created by some of the best American choreographic minds of the 20th century—including two of the most notable names in crossover ballet, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. First up, Tharp's Bach Partita (1983) is a conscientious if not totally faithful experiment in classicism, putting a big ensemble—ten couples, 16 female corps—in dialogue with Bach's Partita no. 2 in D Minor for violin. Rich and stately, the dance represents the first time Tharp conforms to the boundaries of classical ballet. The piece loses the distinctive freewheeling Tharpian vernacular—the irony, the silent-movie-style physical comedy—but it still dings up the edges of the ballet idiom. Dancers consistently break their perfect upright lines with a roll of the head on pointe, a bendy shove of the pelvis out over toes in arabesque, a neck draped on the upper arm during a turn. Clark Tippet's Some Assembly Required (1989) is a subtle, dark, theatrically shrewd duet that’s more like a duel. Set in the American west or somewhere similarly gritty, the combative ballet and gymnastics depict a young couple in an abusive relationship, seemingly bent on vivisecting each other. Their love/rage dynamic plays out against William Bolcom's funny and ornery Second Sonata for violin and piano. Tharp's Sinatra Suite shoots us back to 1983 for a stroll with a jazzier, snappier, snazzier couple whose dating situation is also on the fritz. Danced to the tune of five Sinatra favorites under dramatic lighting, it's a cool, softly elegant work that crosses into caricature only in moments of dopamine-fueled exuberance, as when in "That’s Life" the woman’s wiggly legs transform her into an unmanageable noodle. Swerving back further still is Robbins's timeless Fancy Free (1944), a character ballet for three footloose off-duty sailors that subsequently grew into the Broadway musical On the Town. Fittingly, there's an extraordinary feel of spontaneity to the dancing—especially on the part of the third sailor, a flawless tease. Leonard Bernstein's whimsical score will be performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic. —Jena Cutie $34-$129
Auditorium Theatre (map)
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
phone 800-982-2787


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