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Updated: February 24, 2011 10:04AM



OPENING

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Victory Gardens Theater presents Annie Baker’s drama about a group of people taking a six-week community acting class. Directed by Dexter Bullard. Previews Feb. 25-March 4. $20-$40. Opens March 5, 7:30 pm. Tue, 8 pm; Wed, 2, 8 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $20-$50. To April 20. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000.

DENTAL SOCIETY MIDWINTER MEETING. 16th Street Theatre presents Laura Jacqmin’s comedy about scandal among dentists. Directed by Megan Shuchman. Preview Feb. 25. Opens Feb. 26, 5 pm. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm. $18. To March 26. Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. (708) 795-6704.

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. Stage Left Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a doctor who finds himself in a battle for public opinion when he discovers a problem with the town’s water supply. Directed by Jason Fleece. Previews Feb. 25-28. $10. Opens March 1, 7:30 pm. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $28. To April 3. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150.

ETHAN FROME. Lookingglass Theatre presents Laura Eason’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel. Directed by Eason. Previews to March 4. $20-$34. Opens March 5, 7:30 pm. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $34-$62. To April 17. Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665.

HAMLET. The University of Chicago’s resident Shakespeare company, the Dean’s Men, presents the classic drama. Opens March 2, 8 pm. March 3-5, 8 pm. $6. University Church, 5655 S. University. (773) 702-9315.

HEDDATRON. Steppenwolf Theatre’s Garage Rep presents Sideshow Theatre’s production of Elizabeth Meriwether’s play about a housewife kidnapped by a band or renegade robots and forced to perform of mechanical version of “Hedda Gabler.” Directed by Jonathan L. Green. Preview Feb. 26. Opens Feb. 27, 8 pm. Days and times vary. $20. To April 24. Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650.

THE HOMECOMING. Mary-Arrchie Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s drama about lust, seduction and deception. Directed by Geoff Button. Previews March 2-3. $5. Opens March 4, 8 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $18-$22. To April 10. Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan. (773) 871-0442.

THE MASTER AND MARGARITA. Strawdog Theatre presents Edward Kemp’s adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical novel of Stalinist Russia. Directed by Louis Contey. Previews Feb. 25-26. $10. Opens Feb. 27, 4 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $20. To April 2. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (773) 528-9696.

NIGHT AND HER STARS. The Gift Theatre presents Richard Greenberg’s drama about the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Directed by Michael Patrick Thornton. Previews March 3-6. $20. Opens March 7, 7:30 pm. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. No performance April 16-17. $25, $30. To April 24. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071.

THE PEOPLE’S FOUR SEASONS. Quest Theatre Ensemble presents Andrew Park’s musical exploring the journey of life. Directed by Park. Opens Feb. 25, 8 pm. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Free, donations appreciated. To March 27. Blue Theater, 1609 W. Gregory. (312) 458- 0895, ext. 3.

PRECIOUS LITTLE. Rivendell Theatre Enemble presents Madeleine George’s drama about a linguistics professor who learns her unborn child may have a genetic abnormality taht would prevent the child from ever learning language. Directed by Julienne Ehre. Previews March 1-2. Opens March 3, 7:30 pm. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm. $25. To April 2. Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 742-8497.

RADIO GOLF. Raven Theatre presents August Wilson’s drama about a real estate developer who is running to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor. Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas. Previews Feb. 25-26. $20. Opens Feb. 27, 7 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $30. To April 9. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177.

SAMUEL J. AND K. Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Mat Smart’s drama that follows the path of two brothers — one white, one black. Directed by Ron OJ Parson. Opens Feb. 26, 11 am. Sat-Sun, 11 am. No performance Feb. 27. $20; 2-for-1 on Sunday. To March 13. Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650.

SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. Piccolo Theatre presents Carlo Goldoni’s comedy about a wily servant who serves two masters. Directed by John Szostek. Opens Feb. 25, 8 pm. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To April 9. Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston. (847) 424-0089.

SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY. Steppenwolf Theatre’s Garage Rep presents Urban Theater’s production of Jose Rivera’s play filled with monologues from the recently deceased. Directed by Madrid St. Angelo in collaboration with Juan Castaneda and Ivan Vega. Previews Feb. 25-26. Opens Feb. 27, 4 pm. Days and times vary. $20. To April 24. Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650.

TERMINUS. The MCA Stage, in association with the Goodman Theater, presents Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and its production of Mark O’Rowe’s drama set in the gritty underworld of Dublin’s docks. Directed by Rowe. Opens March 2, 7:30 pm. March 3, 7:30 pm; March 6, 3 pm. $28, $35. MCA Theater, 220 E. Chicago. (312) 397-4010.

THAT WAS THEN. Seanachai Theatre presents Gerard Stembridge’s dark comedy about a Dublin couple who host a dinner party in hopes of securing a loan from a British couple. Five years later, the tables are turned. Directed by Carolyn Klein. Preview Feb. 25. Opens Feb. 26, 7:30 pm. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance March 9, 7:30 pm. No performance March 12. $22-$26. To April 3. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. (866) 811-4111.

THIS. Theater Wit presents Melissa James Gibson’s comedy about a single mother confronting her pre-midlife crisis. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Previews Feb. 25-27. Opens Feb. 28, 7:30 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance March 14, 7:30 pm. No performance March 3. $15-$35. To March 27. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150.

THE THREE FACES OF DOCTOR CRIPPEN. Steppenwolf Theatre’s Garage Rep presents the Strange Tree Group’s production of Emily Schwartz’s comedy about England’s most inept murderer. Directed by Jimmy McDermott. Preview Feb. 26. Opens Feb. 27, 1 pm. Days and times vary. $20. To April 24. Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650.

WORKING. Broadway in Chicago presents Stephen Schwartz’s musical adaptation of Studs Terkel’s classic book profiling people from all walks of life. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. Previews to March 1. Opens March 2, 7:30 pm. Tue-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $67.50-$77.50. To May 8. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000.

ONGOING

THE ABSOLUTELY BEST FRIGGIN’ TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Second City e.t.c. presents its latest revue. Directed by Billy Bungeroth. Thu, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8, 11 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $22, $27. Open run. The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. (Somewhat recommended, Hedy Weiss)

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST. Signal Ensemble Theatre present Dario Fo’s satire that looks at the lengths governments will go to preserve their grip on power. Directed by Anthony Ingram. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To March 10. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. (773) 347-1350.

AMONG THE SQUIRRELS. The Black Ship Co. presents a Eric Appleton’s play-within-a-documentary which looks at the changing lives of a group of young people in Chicago’s goth/industrial scene. Fri, 7 pm; closes Sat, 7 pm. $12. To Feb. 26. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549.

AS YOU LIKE IT. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the Bard’s play about young lovers on a romantic adventure. Directed by Gary Griffin. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $44-$75. To March 6. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. Shattered Globe Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s drama about a 40-year-old Irish woman, struggling with her demanding mother, who meets a man from her past and finds a spark of hope for the future. Directed by Steve Scott. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25-$32. To Feb. 27. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (800) 982-2787. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY. The Second City’s stars of tomorrow perform work originally written by past alumni, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Sat, 4 pm; Mon, 8 pm. $19. Open run. The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992.

BETWEEN THESE WALLS. Free Street Theater presents a rock and roll juvenile breakdown of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need. Directed by Ron Bieganski. Fri, 7 pm; Sat, 2 pm. $15. To March 5. Free Street Theater, Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk. (773) 772-7248.

THE BIG MEAL. American Theater Company presents Dan LeFranc’s drama about the life-changing moments experienced by five generations of a modern family. Directed by Dexter Bullard. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Feb. 23, 8 pm. $35, $40. To March 20. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

BLITHE SPIRIT. First Folio Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy about a man who is visited by the ghost of his first wife. Directed by Alison C. Vesely. Wed, Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Feb. 26, 4 pm; Feb. 27, 7:30 pm; March 5, 4 pm. $29-$35. To March 6. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st and Ill. Rt. 83, Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067.

THE BOOK OF LIZ. Chemically Balanced Comedy presents Amy and David Sedaris’ comedy about a nun who feels unappreciated and decides to try her luck in the outside world. Directed by Angie McMahon. Fri-Sat, 8 pm. $18. To March 26. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, 1420 W. Irving Park. (800) 838-3006.

BORDELLO. Chicago Dramatists present Aline Lathrop’s drama about Las Vegas “working girls.” Directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $32. To March 6. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630.

CHICAGO DRAMATISTS. Staged readings and discussions of play in progress. Feb. 26, 2 pm: “Bury Me” by Jim Henry. $5. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630.

CHURCH; PULLMAN, WA. Red Tape Theatre presents two plays by Young Jean Lee. Directed by James D. Palmer. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Feb. 26, March 5, 3 pm. $25. To March 5. Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. (847) 738-6919.

DEAD PILE. XIII Pocket presents Laura Jacqmin’s drama about an investigator who goes undercover at factory farms to film abuses. Directed by Megan Shuchman. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 8 pm. $20. To Feb. 27. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252.

DCA THEATER INCUBATOR SHOWCASE. A staged reading of the Stage Theatre of Chicago’s “The Blood Sun,” a drama about the true story of an orphan girl whose prophecies bring hope and destruction to the South African Xhose nation. Feb. 28, 7:30 pm. $5. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. (312) 742-8497.

DO THE HUSTLE. Writers’ Theatre presents Brett Neveu’s drama about a father-son team of hustlers. Directed by William Brown. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. Additional performance March 16, 2 pm. No evening performance March 20. $45-$65. To March 20. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

A DOLL’S HOUSE. Infamous Commonwealth Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a woman forced to confront the realities of her carefully constructed existence. Directed by Chris Maher. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $20. To Feb. 27. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.

DRINKING & WRITING VOLUME III: TO CURE A HANGOVER. Neo-Futurists Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda bring together their own cures for “the day after” and drinking stories from writers like Charles Bukowski, John Cheever and Kingsley Amis. Sat, 4 pm. $15. To March 5. Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph. (312) 638-0700.

THE EARL. The Inconvenience, in association with A Red Orchid Theatre, presents Brett Neveu’s comedy-drama about three dysfunctional brothers who can only relate through a game of interactive violence. Directed by Duncan Riddell. Sun-Tue, 8 pm; closes Wed, 8 pm. $15. To March 2. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (773) 658-4438.

FLANAGAN’S WAKE. The interactive Irish wake. Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28.50. To May 8. Paramount Theatre, Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena, Aurora. (630) 896-6666.

GHOSTS. New Rock Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a wealthy widow who opens an orphanage in memory of her seemingly beloved late husband. Directed by Derek Bertelsen. Fri-Sat, 7 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $20. To Feb. 27. New Rock Theatre, 3933 N. Elston. (773) 639-5316.

GUYS AND DOLLS. Marriott Theatre presents Frank Loesser’s musical comedy. Directed by Matt Raftery. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $40-$48. To March 27. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

HAMLETMACHINE. Trap Door Theatre presents Heiner Muller’s postmodernist meditation on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Directed by Max Truax. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $20; 2-for-1 on Thu. To Feb. 26. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494. (Recommended, Weiss)

IN DARFUR. TimeLine Theatre presents Winter Miller’s drama revolving around three people — an aid worker, a Darfuri woman and a journalist — facing the the horrors of genocide in Darfur. Directed by Nick Bowling. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance March 2, 9, 16. $28, $38. To March 20. TimeLine Theaetre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

JAILBAIT. Profiles Theatre reprises its production of Deirdre O’Connor’s drama about two teenage girls, desperate to grow up, and the two 30-something they meet at a nightclub. Directed by Joe Jahraus. Fri-Sat, 8:30 pm; closes Sun, 4 pm. $30, $35. To Feb. 27. The Second Stage, 3408 N. Sheffield. (773) 549-1815.

LAIKA DOG IN SPACE. The Neo-Futurists present Rob Neill, Eevin Hartsough and Jill Beckman’s story about the first mammal in space. Directed by Phil Ridarelli. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. Additional performance Feb. 28, 8 pm. $15; pay-what-you-can on Thu and Feb. 28. To March 12. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

LAKEBOAT. Steep Theatre presents David Mamet’s play about the crew on a freighter as it travels from Chicago to Duluth. Directed by G.J. Cederquist. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $20-$22. To Feb. 26. Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. (866) 811-4111. (Recommended, Weiss)

LATE NITE CATECHISM. The Royal George Theatre presents Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan’s comedy about a Catholic nun intent on teaching her own brand of catechism. Directed by Marc Silvia. Thu, Sat, 8 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

LEAVING IOWA.

Fox Valley Repertory presents Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s comedy about a man looking back at childhood vacation spots as he searches for the perfect spot to spread his father’s ashes. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance March 10, 2 p m. $29, $39. Dinner packages available. To March 13. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, St. Charles. (630) 584-6342.

LES MISERABLES. Broadway in Chicago presents Cameron Mackintosh’s muiscal adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $18-$90. To Feb. 27. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000. (Recommended, Weiss)

MADAGASCAR. Next Theatre presents J.T. Rogers drama about a mysterious disappearance that changes three lives forever. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 7 pm. $25-$40. To Feb. 27. Next Theatre, 927 Noyes, Evanston. (847) 475-1875, ext. 2. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE MAGIC PARLOUR. The House Theatre of Chicago presents Dennis Watkins’ magic show. Fri, 10:30 pm. $25. Open run. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 251-2195.

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER. Circle Theatre presents George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s comedy about a caustic theater critic who has an accident and must recuperate at a home in the Midwest. Directed by Mary Redmon. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20, $24. To April 3. Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison, Oak Park. (708) 771-0700.

MARY. The Goodman Theatre presents Thomas Bradshaw’s play which uses social satire to examine the pervasive nature of racism and homophobia in contemporary American society. Directed by May Adrales. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. Additional performance March 1, 7:30 pm. $10-$42. To March 6. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800. (Not recommended, Weiss)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Dee Gee Theatricals presents a new musical inspired by a 1956 recording session that brought together four legends — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Co-directed by Eric Schaeffer and Floyd Mutrux. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30, 6:30 pm. $25-$77.50. To Sept. 25. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. Drury Lane Theatre presents the musical based on the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Directed by William Osetek. Wed, 1:30 pm; Thu, 1:30, 8 pm; Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$46. To March 6. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE MOONSTONE. Lifeline Theatre presents Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of Wilkie Collins mystery about a stolen Indian diamond, steeped in a history of violence and mysticism. Directed by Paul S. Holmquist. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $32, $35. To March 27. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM. A Red Orchid Theatre presents Enda Walsh’s drama about three sisters who relive their memories of something resembling romance. Directed by Robin Witt. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To March 6. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722. (Recommended, Weiss)

ODRADEK. The House Theatre of Chicago presents Bret Neveu’s drama about a boy who struggles to come to terms with his parent’s divorce and his father’s new relationship. Directed by Dexter Bullard. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $25. To March 5. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 769-3832. (Recommended, Weiss)

PORT. Griffin Theatre presents Simon Stephens working class drama that explores the life of a young girl living in a small British town. Directed by Jonathan Berry. Fri, 8:30 pm; closes Sat, 8:30 pm. $32. To Feb. 26. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. (800) 838-3006. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE PRESENT. Grassroots Theatre Project presents DJ Sanders satirical comedy about friendship and the truth beneath proper etiquette. Directed by Sarah Greywitt. Mon, 6 pm. Free, with a drink purchase. To March 7. Metropolis Coffee Company, 1039 W. Granville. (773) 764-0400.

PUT THE NUNS IN CHARGE. Vicki Quade’s spinoff of the hit comedy, “Late Nite Catechism.” Fri, 8 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

REASONS TO BE PRETTY. Profiles Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s drama that looks at the question: How much is pretty worth? Directed by Rick Snyder. Wed-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35, $40. To March 13. Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815. (Recommended, Weiss)

RED HERRING. Attic Playhouse presents Michael Hollinger’s ‘50s-noir comedy about marriage. Directed by Kimberly Loughlin. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20, $22. To March 13. Attic Playhouse, 410 Sheridan, Highwood. (847) 433-2660.

RED LIGHT WINTER. University Theater presents Adam Rapp’s drama about two friends and their bizarre love triangle with a young prostitute. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 2, 8 pm. $6. To Feb. 26. University of Chicago, Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University. (773) 702-9315.

SAINTS & SINNERS. Vicki Quade’s Mother Superior is called by the archdiocese to help with fund-raising. Sat, 5 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

SEX WITH STRANGERS. Steppenwolf Theatre presents Laura Eason’s play that explores how we invent our identity — online and off. Directed by Jessica Thebus. Tue-Sun, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. Additional performance April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2 pm. Sunday evening performances through April 10 only. $20-$73. To May 15. Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

SHADOWLANDS. Provision Theater presents William Nicholson’s drama about the relationship between British writer C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. Directed by Tim Gregory. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$28. To March 20. Provision Theater, 1001 Roosevelt. (312) 455-0065.

SHINING CITY. Redtwist Theatre presents Conor McPherson’s drama about a man wracked with guilt and haunted by the memory of his dead wife. Directed by Joanie Schultz. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Feb. 26, 3 pm. $25-$30. To March 6. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529.

SHORT SHAKESPEARE! MACBETH. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a 75-minute version of the Bard’s classic. Sat, 11 am. $16, $20. To March 5. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600.

SIX MORE SCARY TALES. Clock Productions presents a new collection of scary tales written and directed by David Denman. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $15. To Feb. 26. National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway. (773) 327-7077.

SKETCHBOOK REVERB. Collaboraction presents a compilation of the best work from the past 10 years of the Sketchbook festival. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. Additional performance Feb. 28, March 21, 8 pm. $15-$25. To March 27. Collaboraction, Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (312) 226-9633. (Recommended, Weiss)

SLEUTH. Theatre at the Center presents Anthony Shaffer’s thriller about a successful mystery writer whose life is an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse. Directed by William Pullinsi. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm. $36-$40. To March 20. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge, Munster, Ind. (800)5 511-1552.

SPOILER ALERT: EVERYBODY DIES. The Second City presents its 98th revue. Tue-Thu, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8, 11 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $22, $27. Open run. The Second City, 1616 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CINEMA. The third comedy in Vicki Quade’s “Sister” series features the nun’s review of current movies. Sun, 3 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000. (Recommended, Budasi)

21ST CENTURY SIDESHOW: A 10-IN-1 FOR THE NEW AGE OF MAN. Process Theatre Group presents a collection of new plays created by the ensemble through an improvisational process. Feb. 28, 7:30 pm. $10. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252.

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA. Barrel of Monkeys presents a series of stories based on their creative writing program with students in Chicago Public Schools. Mon, 8 pm. Additional performance Sun, 2 pm through April 3. $5, $10. Open run. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (312) 409-1954.

TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND. The Neo-Futurists present 30 shows in 60 minutes, socially and politically based. Fri-Sat, 11:30 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $9 plus the roll of a six-sided die ($10-$15). Open run. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT. Writers’ Theatre presents Giles Havergal’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel about a mild-mannered banker who is drawn into an international adventure with his eccentric aunt. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. Additional performance March 2, 23, 30 2 pm. No evening performance March 6, 27, April 3. $45-$60. To April 10. Writers’ Theatre, 664 Vernon. (847) 242-6000. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

TROUBLE IN MIND. The Artistic Home presents Alice Childress’ comedy-drama about a mixed-race cast in 1955 as they rehearse a racially-charged play. Directed by Vaun Monroe. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28. To March 20. The Artistic Home, 3914 N. Clark. (866) 811-4111.

A TWIST OF WATER. Route 66 Theatre presents Caitlin Montanye Parrish’s drama about a gay man whose adopted daughter wants to find her birth mother. Directed by Erica Weiss. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. Additional performance March 20, 7 pm. $25. To March 20. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Eve Ensler’s play featuring true stories of women from around the world. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm. $28.50. To May 6. Paramount Theatre, Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena, Aurora. (630) 896-6666.

VOLPONE. City Lit Theater presents Ben Johnson’s satire of the English Renaissance. Directed by Sheldon Patinkin. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25. To Feb. 27. Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. (773) 293-3682.

DINNER SHOWS

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT CASTLE. 11th century jousting, sword-fighting and knights on horseback provide the entertainment as guests feast on a four-course banquet. Also, displays of medieval artifacts. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 4 pm. Doors open one hour before the show. Prices include dinner, show and beverages. Adults, $57.95; children 12 and under, $39.95. Prices and showtimes subject to change. Reservations required. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Roselle and Northwest Tollway, Schaumburg. (847) 843-3900.

NOBODY LIKES RETSINA. The Retsina Group and Stockyards Theatre Project present Barbara Georgans, Philip Seward and Jon Steinhagen’s musical about two Greek-American brothers who make bootleg retsina in Chicago during Prohibition. Opens Feb. 28, 6:45 pm. Mon-Tue, 6:45 pm. $65, includes dinner and valet parking. To April 5. Parthenon Restaurant, 314 S. Halsted. (312) 607-6054.

TOMMY GUN’S GARAGE. A 1920s musical comedy revue set in a Prohibition-era speakeasy with dinner. Showtimes: Thu, 7:15 pm; Fri, 8:15 pm; Sat, 7:15 pm; Sun, 6:45 pm. Dinner begins 75 minutes before the show. $60-$70. Reservations required. Open run. Free parking lot, at side of building. Tommy Gun’s Garage, 2114 S. Wabash. (312) 225-0273.

CHILDREN’S THEATER

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Presented by Emerald City Theatre. Days and times vary. $13, $16. To July 31. Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100.

HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK? Presented by the Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences. Opens March 3, 10 am. Wed-Sun, 10 am. $15. To May 22. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200.

JACKIE AND ME. Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Steven Dietz’s play, based on the children’s novel by Dan Gutman, about a young boy who travels back in time to meet baseball great Jackie Robinson. Directed by Derrick Sanders. Tue-Fri, 10 am, 12:45 pm; Sat, 10 am. March 5-27 weekend performances are Sat-Sun, 11 am, 2 pm. $25, $35. To March 27. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. (866) 811-4111. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE MONSTER UNDER THE BED. Chicago Playworks presents Kevin Dyer’s play exploring the reality of facing our fears. Sat, 2 pm; closes Tue, 10 am; Sat, 2 pm. $8. To March 1. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-1999.

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS. Emerald City Theatre presents an adaptation of Mo Willems books. Days and times vary. $14, $16. To April 10. Apollo Theatre 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100.

SEUSSICAL JR. Presented by Fox Valley Repertory Young Ensemble. Feb. 26, 10:30 am; Feb. 27, 7 pm; March 4-5, 12, 10:30 am; $12, $15. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, St. Charles. (630) 584-6342.

SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, MR. HATCH. Lifeline Theatre’s Kidseries presents a musical adaptation of the children’s book. Sat, 1 pm; closes Sun, 11 am, 1 pm. $12. To Feb. 27. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477.



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