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U Up?
Wednesday, July 10 at The Corners, 8:30 pm: FREE

While I want to say I haven’t sent a “u up” text, a brief moment of rumination on my college days makes me think that is probably not true. Thankfully, this monthly comedy show hosted by Youngmi Mayer and Blair Dawson starts at 8:30 pm, an hour when most people are probably up, so if you want to bring someone you can just text them some other kind of less embarrassing thing. Whether you go alone or with a pal of sorts, you can expect stand-up by Aparna Nancherla, Andrés Govea, Alex English, Atheer Yacoub, Andrew Casertano, and Olga Namer, who happens to be the only one on this lineup who doesn’t have a name that begins with A.


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Queen of Hearts
Now through August 18 at Théâtre XIV, 8 pm: $85+

For those who want to splurge on a fancy night out at the theater but don’t want to venture all the way to the dreaded Times Square, you’re in luck: you don’t even have to leave Bushwick, now that creatively steamy burlesque and dance troupe Company XIV has their own space near the Jefferson L. Their latest creation is Queen of Hearts, which puts their own salacious, circus-y spin on Alice in Wonderland. Sure, there’s been other riffs on Alice’s journey before (even a strange and elaborate porn feature film!), but this will be no ordinary ride down the rabbit hole, rife with ballet, opera singing, striptease, S&M, and more surprises.


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Boogiemanja: Adult Drama Club and Helvetica
Friday, July 12 at The PIT, 9:30 pm: $12

Stand-up shows are pretty much a dime a dozen in this city (how many times have you accidentally stumbled into one?), and improv is always a gamble. But sometimes it’s nice to see some good old-fashioned sketch comedy live and in person, which is something you can do this Friday at The PIT, which may stand for The People’s Improv Theater, but rest assured this is sketch comedy. There will be two teams performing: Adult Drama Club and Helvetica, both of which have a roster of comedy creations for you to gobble up. Plus, it’s their last show of the season, so get there while you can.


Madeline Goldsmith, Sam Silbiger, and Helen Handelman (photo: Victoria Ungvarsky)

Six Years Old
July 13-28 at Paradise Factory, various times: $24

Written by Sam Silbiger, directed by Helen Handelman, and presented as part of the Corkscrew Theater Festival, Six Years Old is a unique kind of play. As the title might have implied, the play’s protagonist is in fact six years old and named Adalaide, but they’re embodied by Julia Weldon, a gender non-conforming musician and actor who is certainly not six years old, but that’s what imaginations are for. Adelaide is a child who would rather be Han Solo than a girl, which is something easier said than done, but she will do her best to make it happen.