Galactic Cats – Chicago Reader

Nerds from all walks of life will feel at home stepping into the magical portal that is Otherworld Theatre, a Wrigleyville-based theater company specializing in science fiction and fantasy. Fancy a butterbeer before the show? A cozy reading nook inside the TARDIS? Eclectic lobby decor ranging from classic sci-fi book covers to modern fantasy artists? This theater has you covered.

Kittens in space: the saga
Through 9/4: Fri 7 p.m., Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m., Otherworld Theater Company, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, 773-857-2116,, $20, limited pay-what -you -can tickets available for each performance

Its current production Kittens in space: the saga by John Enright, is a wild catnip-fueled adventure through space and time. In a future where humans have disappeared, animals with augmented intelligence, including cats, dogs, and mice, roam the galaxies, nursing interspecies vendettas and getting screwed. Through a series of non-linear episodes, we follow the misadventures of Mittens (Mar Warner) and Socks (Belle Decker), friends since their first day as cadets at Star Cat Academy.

With the feline protagonists dressed in gray jumpsuits, removable tails, furry ears and painted mustaches, production design by Tiffany Keane Schaefer (who also directs) and makeup design by Darlene Pham recall space ballsMel Brooks 1987 star wars parody. Kittens in space usurps a range of franchises, not only star warsbut also star trek, IndianaJones, and Doctor Who– with its own brand of pet-inspired puns and adult humor.