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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

The best events happening in theater, comedy, and more. Plus Weird Al is here.

FIVE’S COMPANY Go see the Chicago premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.   Photo: Liz Lauren

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, June 24 through June 30, 2015

1 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Theater: Christopher Durang’s smart, witty riff on Chekhov finds two extremely childish adults, Vanya and Sonia, under siege by their movie-star sister Masha and her young boy toy, Spike. Steve Scott directs an excellent cast that includes Ross Lehman, Janet Ulrich Books, and Mary Beth Fisher.
Through 7/26. $25–$86. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org

2 Cristela Alonzo

Comedy: Though her ABC sitcom was canceled, the comedian continues to tour relentlessly. Topics of choice include her strict Catholic upbringing and growing up poor in San Juan, Texas.
6/25 at 8. $30. Zanies, 1548 N. Wells. chicago.zanies.com

3 Good People

Theater: The vanishing middle class has a vivid face in David Lindsay-Abaire’s plunge into the life of an increasingly desperate minimum-wage single mom trying to keep a roof over her head and food on the table while caring for a disabled daughter. Matt Hawkins directs.
6/27–8/2. $25–$35. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. redtwist.org

4 “Weird Al” Yankovic

Music: Yankovic nabbed his first Billboard No. 1 album thanks to his 2014 charmer, Mandatory Fun. He performs songs, such as “Tacky” (based on the Pharrell earworm “Happy”), from the album here.
6/27 at 7:30. $34–$54. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com

5 Phillip Maisel

Art: Like the cubists, Maisel plays with the optical perception of two-dimensional space in his abstract photographs. He builds geometric compositions that delight in illusion, especially those that began as found photos (from a thrift store) or a telescope that he altered through photography and collage.
Through 7/18. Free. Document, 845 W. Washington. documentspace.com

What I’m Doing This Weekend

“What I’m Doing This Weekend” is taking a break, but will return next week. —Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Races: Thirty teams compete in this traditional boat race brought from China to Chi-Town. Enjoy a day of live music, children’s activities, and booth vendors as you watch from the waterfront.
6/27 at 8 a.m. Free. Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th. chicagochinatown.org/dragon-boat

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