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Chicagolanders stand up for standup & staged comedies this summer & fall

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Playwright Aaron Posner offers a comic spin on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull with Sideshow Theatre Company’s midwest premiere of Stupid F*cking Bird from August 16 to September 21 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. For details, visit www.victorygardens.org or call 773-871-3000.

Max Clayton, Seth Danner, Jeff Smith, Marya Grandy, Alison Jantzie, and Johanna McKenzie Miller star in the musical comedy On the Town directed by multi-Jeff Award-winner David H. Bell. “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” and “Lonely Town” are among the songs composed by Leonard Bernstein (with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green) in the show which performs from August 20 through October 12 at the Marriott Theatre on 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. Tickets ($40-$48) and additional information can be found at www.MarriotTheatre.com.

Equity Cole Theatre launches its inaugural season with Mike Leigh’s black comedy Ecstasy from August 21 to September 28 at A Red Orchid Theatre on 1531 N. Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Shade Murray directs Boyd Harris, Maura Kidwell, Layne Manzer, Lauren Pizzi, Michaela Petro and Joel Reitsma in the production. For more information, visit www.coletheatre.org or call 773-327-1066.

Zanies Comedy Night Club welcomes 24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub who will host a two-night event (August 21-22) in Rosemont, followed by a two-night performance (September 26-27) by headliner Nick DiPaolo from Comedy Central. For tickets ($22-$25) and more information, visit www.rosemont.zanies.com.

On Friday, August 22, Pat Tomasulo, Mike Toomey and Ana Belaval of WGN Morning News provide standup in The Morning Show Comedians at Theatre at the Center on 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. Tickets ($30) to the 8 p.m. show can be ordered by calling 219-836-3255 or 800-511-1552. For details, visit www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

Assemblers 3: Countdown to Assemblers 4! and the musical Don’t Pass Go! are slated to perform at pH Comedy Theater on 1515 W. Berwyn from August 29 to November 22. For tickets and more information, visit www.whatisph.com.

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