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Reno Once Removed


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In her earlier solo show, Reno in Rage and Rehab, the comic monologuist Reno spoke of living on New York's Lower East Side--"which is about an empty-syringe throw away from Wall Street." Like the city she calls home, with its head-on collisions of poverty and plenty, this adopted Latina daughter of white-bread Long Islanders is a fierce, funny, and sometimes genuinely frightening bundle of jumbled contradictions. Her stage style--assaultive yet weirdly compassionate, seemingly on the edge of bursting out of control--suggests a cross between early abrasive Joan Rivers and recent, raucous George Carlin. She weaves around the stage like a street scrapper daring you to fight, and at the same time recruits you in alliance against the heavies and hypocrites of the world. Her material is sharply sarcastic, her delivery, sledgehammer-heavy; conservative politicians and crooked bankers are favorite targets, but so are her own excesses of self-doubt and self-indulgence. Her new piece, Reno Once Removed, is reportedly slyer, less caustic, and more structured than her previous piece. Developed with and directed by Evan Yionoulis and featuring music by Mike Yionoulis, it was first seen last year at Lincoln Center and the Public Theatre in New York, and now marks Reno's Chicago debut. Goodman Studio Theatre, 200 S. Columbus, 443-3800. Opens Thursday, September 10, 7 PM. Through September 2 7: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Fridays, 8 PM;, Saturdays, 6:30 and 9:30 PM; Sundays, 2:30 PM. $12.

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