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Lusia Strus's one-woman show It Ain't No Fairy Tale is a riveting story of addiction, destruction, and devotion inspired by her parents' marriage and her own. Telling the tale in a sardonic, raspy voice, Strus combines matter-of-factness with wry amusement to deliver a funny, interesting, captivating piece. Chloe Johnston's I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes is more typically Neo-Futurist. She uses props--a ukulele and a few naked lightbulbs--and whimsical asides on the physics of airplane lift and radio waves to tell the melancholy story of Sara Carter, a member of country music's Carter Family, and her passionate romance with her husband's cousin. These two performances repeat this weekend, running through 4/22, then the Neo-Futurists' festival of solo work continues with other pieces. Through 6/3: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM. See chicagoreader.com for complete schedule. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, second floor, 773-275-5255, $10-$15, "pay what you can" Thursday.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Brosilow.

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