1. ComedySportz America is celebrating its namesake this weekend with a performance on Monday called Stand Up America! Both TimeOut and the Reader are vouching for for this veritable who's-who of Chicago comedy players. But most important are the drink offerings: $3 Old Style Cans, $4 Stars & Stripes Shots, and $7 for 16oz Independence Teas.
2. After the holiday weekend, 16th Street Theater has The Crowd You're With opening in previews. Perfect for the Yuppie within, the tagline asks"To breed or not to breed....." Rebecca Gilman's play was last seen at the Goodman in 2009, but it spurred Kris Vire to say that "references don’t add up to drama, and Crowd feels less like a play than the kind of personal essay we’d find in The New Yorker or maybe even O: The Oprah Magazine."
3. City Lit's The Art of Adaptation runs July 8 through 10, as The Sign of Four (a Sherlock Holmes tale) closes this weekend. On Friday and Saturday the productions are different, but Sunday you can see them all. It'll all part of the company's festival of world premieres of non-dramatic literature adapted into plays. They'll be judged, and the best one will win $500.
4. Tiny Fascists is still in previews, so catch it tomorrow at the Annoyance, where real live Eagle Scouts have shaped their experiences into a tale with intrigue. A pair of troops head to Philmont Scout Ranch, but are derailed when they discover a plane crash, in this show directed by Second City collaborator Mick Napier.
5. And looking ahead to cooler weather already; Steppenwolf's First Look Reperatory of New Works will start in October, where scripts are worked through in a more low-key development process. There will be three works, and expect them to cover things like drug and sex addicts in therapy, Brooklyn parents dealing with a teenager, and murders in the 1930s.
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