Body Language | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Live Bait's 11th annual Fillet of Solo Festival opens with this Tellin' Tales Theatre showcase of monologues about the ways our bodies disappoint us, thrill us, and expose us to the admiration or condemnation of others. These are gorgeous stories, eloquently told, full of life, humor, and gentle insights. The standout is Maia Morgan's philosophical, funny Looking at Naked Ladies, which begins in her bedroom and makes unexpected detours through a French cabaret, a zoo, and other vividly imagined places. Of the two monologues about pregnancy (or lack thereof), M.K. Victorson's Tummy Time is funnier, but Lindsay Porter's Fruitless is richer, going beyond her own story to detail life in her Rogers Park neighborhood. Through 6/25: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM (Tummy Time plays 6/24-6/25 only, Fruitless plays 6/16-6/18 and 6/23 only), Live Bait Theater, main stage, 3914 N. Clark, 773-871-1212, $10-$15, "not recommended for audience members under 14."

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