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Streeterville Free The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2012

One of the most fascinating land disputes in Chicago history started in 1886, when "Cap" George Wellington Streeter declared himself the governor of an unincorporated strip of sand and silt north of the Chicago River and east of Michigan Avenue. It would take the city more than three decades to convince the courts his claim was invalid. Playwrights Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills portray Streeter as a distinctly American type: the shameless swindler with a passion for real estate. Sean Thomas plays him with evident relish in this outdoor promenade staging by Theatre-Hikes, but Brian Rabinowitz's jolly, grade-school-pageant staging blunts the script's bite. —Zac Thompson

Price: Sat-Sun 9/1-9/2: $7.50-$15

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