Transparent | The Comedy Bar | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 29 2016

Early on in Kellye Howard's energetic and brutally honest one-woman show, she gestures to the pile of her teenage journals onstage and urges audience members to run the other way if they encounter anyone with half as many physical manifestations of their "crazy." Less a cohesive narrative than an ever-changing stand-up dramedy set, Howard's show covers her search for "normal" in everything from race (is she more Cosby Show or The Wire?) to parenting to mental illness. Her marriage to an Asian man who's shorter than her teenager—and her paranoid underwear sniff tests and other detective work following his infidelity—provides particularly moving and relatable fodder. Although uneven at times, Howard's exploration of her personal struggles with marriage, illness, and death exposes admirable vulnerability and strength. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $20-$30

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