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Interview by Smyra Yawn at Spiel Chicago

“I have had a long and interesting life,” says producer Roberta Miles.  She chronicles her experiences (“Sex gone wrong stories–I have a lot of those”) in one woman show and in her monologues performed at Loose Chicks, a bi-monthly storytelling performance co-produced by Jillian Erickson.  Roberta began writing after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and found herself spending a lot of time in bed.  In this episode, Roberta and her collaborator Holly Beaudry discuss what it’s like to hear raw and revealing stories from Chicago women as well as what makes a great monologue.
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Chicago Literati Review by Stephanie Hammond

Nestled between the fiction stacks of Uncharted Books on the second Friday of every month, you’ll find the reading series Loose Chicks. A show comprised of a rotating group of eclectic women each eagerly awaiting to share their experiences – ones that other women might prefer to keep to themselves.

Chicago Literati Review by Cassie Sheets

Chicago’s live lit scene is huge. There are more reading series than I can count, and just when I think I’ve got a good handle on what’s out there I learn about something new. If you’re anything like me and generally prefer to spend your evenings curled up on the couch with your trusty friend pizza, and make only the very occasional voyage out to an event, you probably find the thought of attending all these series completely overwhelming. Well, I’m going to do you a favor and narrow it down for you. In my opinion, if you can only go to one event in the next six months, you should go to Loose Chicks.

Chicago Stage Review by J. Scott Hill

Loose Chicks is an hour of original monologues, conceived and performed monthly by two powerhouses of the form, Jillian Erickson and Roberta Miles. Jillian Erickson is a performance artist and co-producer of the Beast Women all-female cabaret. In addition to being a monologist, Roberta Miles is an accomplished jazz singer and artist and the co-host of Cafe Cabaret at Cafe Ballou. Performing separately together as the Loose Chicks, Erickson and Miles have used a series of intimate performance spaces to give their audiences intimate access to their minds and experiences.

New City Lit Review by Liz Baulder

Loose Chicks shades toward the confrontational and raw—when I’ve gone, I’ve heard performance poetry about mothers in jail and multiple mentions of grandmothers with knives—but the scenes aren’t played for shock value. Instead, such revelations create a trustworthy space where the storytellers and audience find themselves nodding and gasping.