It's a chilly month in Chicago and I assume everyone's children are getting cabin fever. Hotel rooms aren't necessarily big enough to let them run free so let's get you out of that sweet little box of parenthood, shall we? I mean, you should hire a babysitter first, but then go out and see some of these terrific, under the radar performances.
Too Much Light Makes Blind by The Neo-Futurists
This is one of the longest running shows in Chicago and, quite frankly, one of the most creative. In my book, an absolute must see. It's an hour-long show, packed with 30 mini-plays. The best news? The ensemble, plays, and subjects change every single week. Now that's enough to call a babysitter for.
185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar at Studio BE
Being on stage all by oneself can be lonely, scary, and incredibly difficult. That's why I am always blown away when someone has the guts to do it and the talent to do it well. Amanda Rountree's new one woman show promises to deliver on all accounts. Rountree takes audience members on a journey through her life as an improv-er and all of the happiness, sorrow, and enlightenment that has brought her.
The Cupids are a musical improv group, which means they embody two of the best things in the world. This month at 773, the group takes on love and relationships in their hour long show. Filled with insight, satire, and some killer improvised music, this show might give audiences a heart on.
Late Night Catechism at Royal George Theatre
How many times have you wished you could go back to your Catholic School days? None? Well, that's probably because you never had a nun like this. This 20-year running show pokes gentle fun at religious education by placing audience members in a mock classroom. Just don't get put in a corner.
The Letters at Writer's Theatre
You have to go to the burbs for this one and, trust me, it's worth it. This riveting show takes audiences deep in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. It is complete with betrayal, thrills, lies, and deceit. I can't think of a better way to spend a night out of the hotel.
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