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Fillet of Solo Festival Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 21 2010

Started by Live Bait Theater artistic director Sharon Evans in 1995, this festival of solo performances went on hiatus in 2009, when Evans decided to concentrate on her own writing. Now Evans has teamed up with Lifeline Theatre's Dorothy Milne to bring it back for a 14th year. The three-venue event kicks off at Lifeline (6912 N. Glenwood) with storytellers from 2nd Story (Thu-Sat 7/29-7/31, 7 PM) and the venerable Sweat Girls (Thu-Sat 7/29-7/31, 8:30 PM, Sun 8/1, 3 PM), who will be telling tales of aging mamas. The following weekend's highlights include Milne looking at how adulthood--and its accompanying responsibilities--crept up on her in Grown Up (Thu-Sat 8/5-8/7, 7 PM), and a reading by cartoonist Nicole Hollander from her work in progress, The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 years of Graphic Misbehavior from Reagan to Obama (Sun 8/8, 3 PM. F). The second week's action switches to the Artistic Home (3914 N. Clark) for Solo Samplers (Thu-Sun 8/12-8/15, 7 and 8:30 PM) featuring pieces about 28 years with the Chicago Police Department, a summer at SeaWorld, and coping with "dyke fatherhood," among other subjects. And Sweat Girls member Martie Sanders plays 12 male characters in a reading of her work in progress, Man Up (Sun 8/15, 3 PM. F). The festival's final week is devoted to monologist Tekki Lomnicki, whose work often deals brilliantly with disabilities. The Best of Tekki Lomnicki (Thu-Fri 8/19-8/20, 7 PM, The Artistic Home) is followed by a roast and award ceremony in her honor (Sat 8/21, 7 PM, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, $35-$50). --Olivia LaVecchia

Price: $10 except where otherwise specified

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