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When: Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 19 2016

The 26th edition of Waltzing Mechanics' popular El Stories, which turns verbatim transcripts of interviews about CTA passengers' experiences into ensemble performance pieces, focuses on allegedly frightening mass transit encounters. While a few are genuinely chilling (two men hoist a dead woman onto the train, ride with a her a few stops, then drag her off), and others are lightheartedly "Halloweeny" (a young man's grandmother chums up to a woman who purports to be a witch), most endorse the same ugly classist assumptions that have pervaded previous El Stories installments, namely that people who are homeless, mentally ill, using drugs, or acting eccentrically should be feared. The ample comic bits director Natalie Sallee adds to the mix don't make things go down any easier. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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