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When: Fridays. Continues through July 29 2016

This one-woman show feels like a voyeuristic trip into longtime Chicago improviser Abby McEnany’s mile-a-minute brain. The self-labeled queer dyke, a doyenne among millennials on the scene, performs a series of highly personal vignettes on topics ranging from gender identity to OCD to General Hospital. While she asks that “what happens here stays here,” I can share that her obnoxiously cheerful personality, palpable nervous energy, and sharp wit in the face of heartbreaking intolerance make for an unforgettable hour. References to Ferron and Luke and Laura might be lost on the younger set, but McEnany’s story of surviving and thriving through improv, a community that “embraces failure,” transcends generation, gender, or sexual orientation. She puts it best—labels are bullshit. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $14

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