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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 6 2017

Some of my most treasured Sundays in Chicago have been spent sipping beer and taking in a songbook at Theo Ubique, Roger Park's gem of a hole-in-the-wall cabaret that specializes in revues. Fred Anzevino's reprisal of his and translator Arnold Johnston's 2008 hit is no exception, though the repertoire on hand cuts more deeply with a coarser sound than many such offerings—that's part of what makes these rare English-language renditions so valuable. Under the musical direction of Jeremy Ramey, four vocalists revive Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel's eminently dramatic ballads and drinking songs against the backdrop of a crumbling 1959 Amsterdam. There's only piano accompaniment, but the trade-off for losing the brass and accordion that bolster Brel's opulent swells is taking in Joshua Stephen Kartes's rich arrangements and Randolph Johnson's stunning vocal interpretations all the more clearly. —Dan Jakes

Price: $29, $25 students and seniors; dinner and show $49-$54

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