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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 5 2015

It's the Chicago summer theater fantasy: some company you never heard of stages a show you might never have noticed if not for the seasonal lull, and it kicks ass. Well, here's where the fantasy comes true. The No Stakes Theater Project has put together a funny, sad, strong production of the 1992 drama by English writer Jim Cartwright, about a profoundly withdrawn young woman and her bullying, alcoholic mother. When it's discovered that the young woman, Little Voice, has a peculiar talent, some very bad things hit the fan. Spiritual kin to Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, the play offers marvelous opportunities that are snapped up by the entire cast—but especially Rebecca Sohn as the monstrous mom and Scarlet Sheppard as Little Voice, a kind of pop oracle possessed by divas like Judy Garland and Edith Piaf. Marssie Mencotti has an irresistible turn as an old lady weirdly reminiscent of onetime SNL cast member Tim Kazurinsky. —Tony Adler

Price: $13.50-$34.50

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