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I've been the Editor of the Reader since March 2011. Before that, I filled my time with cocaine, hip-hop, and organized crime (see BMF: The… More »

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Late Nite Catechism

Open run: Sat 5 PM, Sun 2 PM
phone 312-988-9000
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A bona fide born-in-Chicago international hit, this simultaneously nostalgic and satirical comedy by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan concerns a nun instructing her students—that's you—on the dos and don'ts of dogma. —Jack Helbig $30

Royal George Theatre Center (map)
1641 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park
phone 312-988-9000

The Magic Parlour

Through 7/1: Fri 7:30 and 9:30 PM, Sat 4:30, 7:30, and 9:30 PM

This magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and utterly baffling. House Theatre of Chicago member Dennis Watkins blends quick-witted improv and physical comedy with freewheeling patter as he performs classic illusions. Though his sleight of hand is impossibly subtle, it was the mind-reading tricks that seemed to have drawn several inquisitive skeptics back for another look on the night I attended. A curio-shop intimacy encourages audience participation, and Watkins, with his Eagle Scout looks, clearly takes a mischievous pleasure in the unexpected. Just let your cell phone go off during the show and see what kind of fun he has. Drinks (wine, beer, and soda) are included in the cost of admission. —Keith Griffith $79

http://thehousetheatre.com
Palmer House Hilton (map)
17 E. Monroe St.
Loop
phone 312-726-7500
The Magic Parlour