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  1. On an Average Day @ Greenhouse Theater Center

    Through 8/31: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 5:30 and 8:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM

    sgrayatecc says:

    If it weren't for the dutiful, implausible conclusion, this persuasively acted, meticulously designed, and expertly directed play would be a spectacular debut for Route 66 Theatre Company. Instead it's merely terrific. John Kolvenbac's two-hander, about estranged brothers holed up in their crumbling boyhood home after one finds himself facing serious jail time, bears strong resemblance to Sam Shepard's True West, but Kolvenbach replaces Shepard's pulp mysticism with Mametian syncopation and muscularity. The result is by turns hilarious and harrowing. (JHa) $25

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  2. Marry Me, You Idiot! @ Annoyance Theatre

    Through 9/26: Fri 8 PM

    sgrayatecc says:

    This ensemble-created show, in which the courtship and marriage of bland, needy Tracy and Andy further fucks up their fucked-up friends and family delivers rock-solid improvisation, catchy tunes, and ingenious gross-out humor. The five-person cast turn in honest, detailed, hilarious performances, and Lisa McQueen's original score provides a satisfying satire of contemporary musical fare. But Annoyance cofounder Mark Sutton's absentee direction leaves the performers adrift for 90 minutes, awkwardly tossed onstage like amateurs on fraternity skit night. This much talent deserves better. (JHa) $15

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  3. Fake Lake @ Welles Park, swimming pool

    Through 9/19: Thu-Sat 8 PM

    sgrayatecc says:

    It's a testament to Sharon Greene's piece about her camping trip to Lake Powell--and to Halena Kays's tight ensemble--that the decision to stage it in and around the Welles Park pool never seems gimmicky. Rather, the setting underscores the fact that although Greene and her friends went there to enjoy nature, Lake Powell is man-made--a gigantic swimming pool. In true Neo-Futurist form, Greene leavens the autobiographical material with plenty of information about Lake Powell and the crisis in the west that's causing its water level to drop year by year. Everyone in the five-person cast displays moments of considerable grace and power, and Greene, in particular, has a likable, unforced stage presence. --Jack Helbig $10-$15

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  4. Dream Chicago @ Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

    Mon., Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. 2008