When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 7 2011
This 15th annual iteration of the Fillet of Solo festival fills three weekends and three venues with a diverse crop of storytellers and solo performers. The fest opens with back-to-back one-woman shows: Julie Ganey expounds on diversity and the peculiar intimacy of urban living in Love Thy Neighbor . . . Till It Hurts (Fri 8/5, 7 PM, Sun 7/31, 3 PM, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood), and Jenny Allen follows with I Got Sick Then I Got Better, in which she riffs on the ups and downs of life with a life-threatening illness (and Thu-Fri 7/28-7/29, 7 PM, Lifeline Theatre). The resilience of the human spirit is further explored in Expect Detours by Kim Morris and Story Lab Chicago founder Scott Whitehair (Fri 7/29 and Thu 8/4, 8:30 PM, Sat 7/30, 7 PM, Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood). In Free Beer, Lifeline Storytelling Project participants tell tales of the 1980s--a time of big money, big hair, and big attitude (Sat 7/30, 8:30 PM, Fri 8/5, 7 PM, Heartland Studio). The group storytelling continues with Holy Sweat!, presented by the Sweat Girls (Sat 7/23-8/6 and Thu 8/4, 7 PM, Lifeline Theatre). Jeffrey Sweet stops by on his way to the New York International Fringe Festival with You Only Shoot the Ones You Love, which chronicles his 30 years as amanuensis to the Chicago improv scene, (Fri 7/22-7/29 and Thu 7/28, 8:30 PM, Sun 7/24, 3 PM, Lifeline Theatre). Also look for performances from Eric Warner, Matt Miller, Deb Lewis, Kelli Strickland, and longtime fest favorite Jimmy Doyle. The event closes big with James Braly's Life in a Marital Institution. Arriving here from off-Broadway by way of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Braly's autobiographical dark comedy describes his crumbling marriage and his relationship with his dying sister (Sun 8/7, 5 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, tickets at 773-381-4554, $20). —Sallyann Price
Price: $10 per performance, $30 festival pass. $20 for Mayne Stage performance only.