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Theater events: Lounge Devils, "Little Red" and a cancer fund-raiser

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  • The Lounge Devils host the revue "Variety-Ville" at the Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.

    The Lounge Devils host the revue "Variety-Ville" at the Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.
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Fox Valley Rep fundraiser
Pheasant Run Resort hosts its second annual "All About the Girls" fundraiser to benefit Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles and the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center of Geneva. It includes a champagne jazz brunch, shopping and a performance of FVR's "The Sisters of Swing," an Andrews Sisters bio-musical starring the terrific vocal trio of Katie Cundiff, Carol Rose and Brittany Stock as Maxine, Laverne and Patty Andrews.
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $64, includes brunch and theater ticket. (630) 584-6342 or

'Riding Hood' on stage
The Chicago Kids Company brings Charles Perrault's musical version of "Little Red Riding Hood" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre for a limited run. On her way to visit her grandmother, Red Riding Hood meets the Wolf, who is a little too interested in her destination.
Opens at 1 p.m. Monday, July 14, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $14, $12. (847) 577-2121 or

'Principle' remount
Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago remount their hit world premiere "Principal Principle," a dark comedy by former Chicago Public School teacher Joe Zarrow about a woman who quits her corporate job to teach in a Chicago public high school. Stage Left ensemble member Scott Bishop directs this sendup of public education.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $20-$32. (773) 975-8150 or or or

What's new

Twain's World, First Floor Theater's second annual literature festival featuring short works inspired by the life and work of Mark Twain, begins at 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Strawdog Theatre's Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway St., Chicago. Molly FitzMaurice, Ike Holter and Paul Oakley Stovall are among the featured writers whose 10-minute plays will be performed each night of the festival, which continues through July 19. See

• Broadway in Chicago and Emerald City Theatre present the stage adaptation of E.B. White's children's classic "Charlotte's Web" about a wise spider who befriends a piglet. Performances begin Friday, July 11, at the Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000 or

• Previews begin Friday, July 11, for A Red Orchid Theatre's world premiere of "Pins and Withers," featuring members of the company's Youth Ensemble. Written and directed by Susan E. Bowen, the comedy is about a girl who moves from San Francisco to her grandfather's Ohio farm where she tries to join the "in-crowd." Performances run through July 19 at 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago. (312) 943-8722 or

• The next installment of the adults-only Kiss Kiss Cabaret opens at 11 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. This 1920s, speak-easy-themed version features jazzy solos, Prohibition-style drink specials and a nod to the Marx Brothers. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (773) 404-7336 or

• The Lakeview, Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods in Chicago play host to the Comedy Exposition of 2014, a new, three-day standup comedy festival running Friday, July 11, to Sunday, July 13. "Saturday Night Live" cast member Brooks Wheelan, Andy Kindler ("Bob's Burgers"), Jackie Kashian ("Last Comic Standing") and Shane Torres ("Comedy Bang! Bang!") are among the comedians expected to perform. Venues include Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Playground, 3209 N. Halsted St.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Crocodile Lounge, 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave.; @North Bar, 1637 W. North Ave.; Township, 2200 N. California Ave.; Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.; and The Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. A premium pass includes admission to all shows except the closing showcase and is $60. See

• The Lounge Devils host "Variety-Ville," a showcase of performers including crooners, magicians, comedians and hula hoop champions. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, at Gorilla Tango, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 598-4549 or

"Stale Magnolias," an adults-only sendup of Robert Harling's drama about the friendship between six southern women, featuring drag queens playing the characters. It runs Fridays and Saturdays through July 26 at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago.

• Chicago Shakespeare Theater hosts a family-friendly gala titled Seussapalooza, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. A benefit for CST's "Shakespeare in the Parks" program, the event includes a performances of "Seussical," hands-on activities, lunch, face painting and stage combat demonstrations. Tickets begin at $45. (312) 595-5600 or

• Previews begin Sunday, July 13, for Naomi Wallace's drama "One Flea Spare," about strangers quarantined during London's Black Plague and the guard assigned to watch them. Shattered Globe Theatre artistic associate Jeffrey Clark Stokes directs the Ghost Light Productions show, which opens Sunday, July 13, at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.

• The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, announced its 14th season comprised of three world premieres. It begins in March 2015 with Mat Smart's "The Royal Society of Antarctica," about a woman who returns to her birthplace seeking answers about her mother's disappearance. Next up is ensemble member William Nedved's "Body & Blood" (July 2015), a comedy about a man who finally discovers his life's calling, which sends his family into a spiritual crisis. The season concludes in September 2015 with the world premiere of David Rabe's "Good for Otto," about a therapist whose past and current patients demand answers and closure. Season subscriptions are available. (773) 283-7071 or

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