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Fillet of Solo

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Live Bait Theater's showcase of one-person shows features new work by a slew of familiar fringe faces. The event allows Live Bait the opportunity to launch its second performance space, the Bucket, designed specifically for solo work; shows also take place on the theater's main stage.

The fifth annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs through August 25 at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. Tickets are $10 per show; a festival pass costs $30. Call 773-871-1212 for reservations (tickets are also available on-line at www.TicketWeb.com); consult www.livebaittheater.org for more information.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Live Bait Bucket Solo Sampler

Solo artists Stephanie Shaw, Edward Thomas-Herrera, Martie Sanders, Quincy Wong, and Sergi Bosch offer samples of their new work. David Kodeski hosts. "Wong and Bosch haven't yet found their voices as monologuists. . . . Wong seems particularly ill at ease, working overtime to connect with his own material. His aim . . . is to challenge stereotypes about Chinese-Americans. . . . But for the most part his observations are superficial. . . . Bosch presents character studies. . . . As an actor, he tends to adopt a dozen mannerisms where one would suffice. . . . If he can stop fidgeting long enough to put his ideas across, [he] might develop into a performer worth watching. Shaw, Kodeski, and Thomas-Herrera are always worth watching. . . . These three should do Chicago a favor and perform a whole lot more often," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Bucket, 8 PM.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Still

Susan McLaughlin Karp shares the experience of her first pregnancy and her baby's stillbirth. Stephanie Shaw directs. "Karp casts herself as an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary circumstances [in this] surreal montage. . . . Like the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Karp's piece is moving because she seems removed from the emotions she describes, . . . evoking them with precise, rich details. . . . Still is astonishing, avoiding every bathetic snare while effortlessly capturing the nuances of an agonizing experience. As distressing as Karp's material may be, it's exhilarating to watch a performer recover her life so artfully," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Main stage, 7 PM.

White Rice

Quincy Wong and Kim Hsieh pool their talents for an evening of monologues exploring their experiences as the American-born children of Chinese parents. Bucket, 8 PM.

The Helicopter Ride

and Wild Life

This double bill features new autobiographical pieces by Paul Turner and Martie Sanders. Main stage, 8:30 PM.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Still

See listing for Friday, August 24. Main stage, 7 PM.

White Rice

See listing for Friday, August 24. Bucket, 8 PM.

The Helicopter Ride

and Wild Life

See listing for Friday, August 24. Main stage, 8:30 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Dan Duverney.

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