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Chicago-bred actress and comedian Nora Dunn, widely known for her years on 'Saturday Night Live," will debut her new one-woman show, "Mythical Proportions," at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont this summer.

The 70-minute piece includes Dunne's forte -- monologues performed in character -- as well as stories she tells in her own persona. The work emerges in the form of: The memories of a mythical 87-year-old Hollywood doyenne who discovered the greatest stars of the 1950's; the musings of a seven-year old girl mystified by the small world of Mr. Rogers' neighborhood and the life of the inmates in a TV series called Lockdown; a 65-year-old woman, Mrs. Williams, who chronicles a family history tainted by racism yet grounded in love; and a dreamy middle-aged English bookkeeper whose ill-fated vacation to Southern California ends in tragedy. Dunn's personal stories from her childhood on Chicago's West Side collide with the tales of the rich and powerful players in show business.

Dunn has been writing and performing the stories and characters that make up "Mythical Proportions"since 2010 -- in small spaces in Chicago, including Paper Machete, Center Portion, and in the comedy showcases iO and The Second City.

Previews begin Aug. 16, with an opening set for Aug. 19. Tickets will go on sale at a date to be in March. Theater Wit is located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood at 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. For tickets and information, call (773) 975-8150 or visit TheaterWit.org

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