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G. L. O. W. : A Queer Sober Open Mic Night

July 19 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm

ABOUT THE EVENT Join The Understudy for G.L.O.W., a queer sober open mic night hosted by K.J Whitehead and Sharon Pasia. Expect comedy, drama, and stunts galore. Stay tuned for […]

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G. L. O. W. : A Queer Sober Open Mic Night
July 19 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm

THE BIG FINISH: BIG BOYS FINISH LAST

July 20 @ 8:30 pm9:30 pm

Join hosts Derek (aka Stephanie) and Taki Venti (aka Tiki Vonté) for a drag night for the theatre girlies comprised exclusively of 11 o’clock numbers. THE BIG FINISH is a […]

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THE BIG FINISH: BIG BOYS FINISH LAST
July 20 @ 8:30 pm9:30 pm

ROLE CALL: July 2024 @ The Understudy

July 23 @ 6:30 pm9:30 pm

Forget *seeing* a show. With this series you actually get to PLAY a role! Join us for a community exploration of some of our favorite work! Part book club, part […]

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ROLE CALL: July 2024 @ The Understudy
July 23 @ 6:30 pm9:30 pm

Kokandy Book Club Presents: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

July 24 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Kokandy Book Club Presents WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Join The Understudy and our friends from Kokandy Productions for the latest installment of our series Book Club. Our July Book […]

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Kokandy Book Club Presents: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
July 24 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Play Reading Club: Cardboard Piano

July 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Join our monthly play reading club! Each month, we gather to discuss a new, exciting or confounding play that has caught our attention. This month, we’re reading CARDBOARD PIANO by […]

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Play Reading Club: Cardboard Piano
July 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Grown in Chicago: Creating Your Community

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Where Should I Go While I’m In Chicago For SCA Expo 2024?

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Chicago Reader Best Coffee Shop 2023

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STORE EXPLORER: Where Magician Dennis Watkins Shops

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Here’s To Never Growing Up: A Review of “The Best Damn Thing” at The Understudy

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Best Damn Book Shop: The Understudy’s New Frontier

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Avril Lavigne-Inspired Musical ‘The Best Damn Thing’ Helps Viewers Connect With Their Inner Teen

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The Best Damn Thing explores teenage power and pain

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‘Cuppa Joe’ at The Understudy Coffee and Books

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Chicago’s Essential Coffee Shops

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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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Theatre Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Creative Hub
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