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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017

The upstairs room at the club Exit Chicago is all crumbling stucco and corrugated sheet metal, with a swinging chain-link fence down the middle of it in front of the riser. It's a lovely place to do a play, especially one set inside a bar—at least if you ask the good people of Refuge Theatre Project. This show is essentially a concert of songs by Joe Iconis, its aim to emphasize that modern existence is unhappy and full of pain (“When I am bleeding,” Kedgrick Pullums Jr. croons, “I’m alive”), but also that it helps if you can sing, dance, and drink whiskey with friends while trying to endure it. There's not much in the way of plot, but this ensemble of nighthawks grows on you in the end. —Max Maller

Price: $20

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