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Amy Seeley and the Moline Madman

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The folks at the Factory Theater have to be a little nervous about leaving their comfy Rogers Park storefront, where they resided for six years, and renting long-term from Footsteps Theatre in Andersonville. Given that only four people showed up for the Factory's grand reopening last week, I'm guessing some nerves are seriously frayed at this point. But the reason those four people came--Amy Seeley's one-person show--should enable the Factory to continue to draw crowds. Last summer Seeley emerged from the company's first-rate ensemble as an inspired monologuist with Amy Seeley and the Moline Madman, a hysterical and harrowing portrait of life with her drag-racing dad, Wicked Sid Seeley. Combining shrewd storytelling with disarming candor, she chronicles life with her high-octane father, whose idea of paradise was going 225 miles per hour for six seconds--burning a few hundred dollars worth of fuel in the process--then waiting all day in the pits for the chance to do it again. The piece has fattened slightly with age and is now two or three episodes too long. But the conclusion, which revolves around her father's horrifying battle with lung cancer, will make you glad you stuck it out. Footsteps Theatre Company, 5230 N. Clark (second floor), 312-409-3247. Through January 15: Thursdays-Fridays, 8 PM; no shows November 26 and 27 or December 24 through January 1. $10-$12. --Justin Hayford

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