The Sordid Collective offers a burlesque “drag king” show set in Chicago between the end of the First World War and the rise of Prohibition, a radical era that was so over-the-top in virtually every respect that it made the social revolution of the 1960s decades later seem tame by comparison. Campy and steamy and full of the contagiously rhythmic music of that era, the show follows ten characters who crisscross the social and sexual borders of the day and explores the conflicts between our individual and social desires set against values of class and privilege, mass communication and industrialization. (Dennis Polkow)
Wed-Fri & Sun/8pm. HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, (312)362-9707. $12-$15.