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Milly's Love Show

In a city with as many performers as this one, all of them desperate for exposure, it's surprising there aren't more shows like Brigid Murphy's occasional smorgasbord, "Milly's Orchid Show." But then it takes someone as energetic and connected as Murphy to round up new acts. The ego massaging alone she must do to keep her talent in line would exhaust most mortals. And it takes an emcee like Murphy's alter ego, Milly May Smithy, to win over an audience of vidiots and thrill seekers and make sure that even the most outrageous or difficult performer is given the same hearing as surefire winners like Poi Dog Pondering and Milly May herself. This season's installment, dubbed "Milly's Love Show" because it's being held a week before Valentine's Day, is weighted heavily in favor of such tried-and-true acts as Jellyeye Drum Theatre, Sweat Girl Rose Abdoo, and campy girl group the Disgraces. But Murphy has also added a few unusual acts, such as tango dancers and a children's string ensemble. It's a bill of fare surely varied enough to appeal to an audience hungry for more than just another round of mild, inoffensive entertainment wrapped around TV commercials. Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959. Saturday, February 7, 8 PM (doors open 7 PM). $25.

--Jack Helbig

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Gus Vlanos.

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