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St. Patrick's Day theater in Chicago

March 08, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, for RedEye

There once were some friends full of woe.
The cure, they just knew, was a show.
Irish humor and laughter
were all they were after.
And now with this guide, off they go!

Shame That Tune: I'm the Luckiest Show in the World
The popular variety show takes an Irish twist this month as contestants Kelsie Huff, Mary Lorenz and Kristen Kaza attempt to get lucky -- by winning your votes -- while they spin tales about good luck, bad luck and no luck at all and submit to a 5-minute interview with host Brian Costello, which musical comedian Abraham Levitan then turns into a humorous song based on a randomly selected -- and likely inappropriate -- musical genre. The winner takes home baked goods.
Go: 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Tickets: $5; 773-227-4433; hideoutchicago.com

Happy Endings: A Drinking Game Performance
BYO Guinness to this boozed-up night of R-rated, fractured fairytale sketch comedy and drinking games jazzed up with Irish drinking songs and bad Irish accents. But keep an eye on your Jameson shots -- one of the show's characters is a horny leprechaun looking for a date and you may not want to end up over that rainbow.
Go: 11 p.m. March 16-17 at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets: $10; 773-650-1331; cornservatory.org

It's the Real McCoy
Shapeshifters Theatre -- in residence at the Irish American Heritage Center since 1987 -- performs a new dramedy by Irish transplant Tommy Marren (who also co-stars) about a woman in 1964 County Mayo whose husband suddenly returns -- with lots of blarney and questionable explanations -- after vanishing without a trace during her pregnancy years before.
Go: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
Tickets: $18-$20; 773-282-7035 ext. 10; irish-american.org

pHlip Cup, pHrenzy and pHrenzy pHucked
In "pHlip Cup," a team of fake Emerald Isle residents takes on a rival team of audience volunteers in a flip cup tournament during a humorous expose of the corrupt world of drinking games. In "pHrenzy" and the dirtier "pHrenzy pHucked," eight comedians attempt to rock your shamrocks with Irish-themed humor and you -- the audience -- vote them out, one by one, until only a champion is left standing.
Go: 10 p.m. March 16 ("pHlip Cup"); 11:59 p.m. March 16 ("pHrenzy"); 11:59 p.m. March 17 ("pHrenzy pHucked") at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
Tickets: $10; 773-732-5450; whatisph.com

Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play
An old Irish proverb -- and you know you can't get through a St. Patrick's Day story without hearing at least one -- says, "An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth." This booze-themed sketch comedy and interactive drinking game show adds a sketch called Drunk Wanderer -- which follows the misadventures of an over-served parade-goer -- and incorporates songs by Irish artists (think Van Morrison and U2) Irish songs like "Danny Boy" into the Name That Tune segment among other holiday-themed hijinks. And really, what could be more Irish than a show that throws down a challenge to your liver in its title?
Go: 8 and 10 p.m. March 16-17 at the Pub Theater at Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets: $20; 773-904-8777; byebyeliver.com

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