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OPENING

THE AMISH PROJECT. American Theater Company presents Jessica Dickey’s exploration of an Amish community where, five years ago, a man shot five young girls in a one-room schoolhouse. Directed by PJ Paparelli. Previews Sept. 23-25. Opens Sept. 26, 7 pm. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $35, $40. To Oct. 23. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125.

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents a musical about what happens when the Andrews Sisters fall ill and the Andrews Brothers step in and perform all their hits from the 1940s. Directed by Robin M. Hughes. Previews Sept. 23-24. $39-$43. Opens Sept. 25, 3 pm. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance Sept. 24, 3 pm; Oct. 5, 1 pm. No performance Nov. 3. $39-$43. To Nov. 5. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121.

BECKY SHAW. A Red Orchid Theatre presents Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy of bad manners, tangled love and sex. Directed by Damon Kiely. Previews Sept. 23-24. $15. Opens Sept. 28, 7 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25, $30. To Nov. 6. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722.

BRAND. Red Tape Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a priest who attempts to reform a small town steeped in corruption. Directed by Max Truax. Previews Sept. 29-Oct. 1. $15. Opens Oct. 3, 7:30 pm. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance Oct. 22, 29, 2 pm. $25. To Oct. 29. Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. (847) 738-6919.

BURYING MISS AMERICA. New Leaf Theatre presents Brian Golden’s drama about two siblings who are reunited after years apart when their mother dies. Directed by Jessica Hutchinson. Preview Sept. 29. Opens Sept. 30, 8 pm. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm. $15-$25. To Oct. 29. Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln. (773) 980-6391.

ELLING. Redtwist Theatre presents Axel Hallstenius’ adaptation of a novel by Ingvar Ambjornsen about two simple young men, just released from an institution, who try to acclimate to the complexities of modern society. Directed by Steve Scott. Preview Sept. 23. $15. Opens Sept. 24, 3 pm. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To Oct. 30. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529.

INTIMATE APPAREL. The Theatre School of DePaul University presents Lynn Nottage’s drama about an African-American seamstress who dreams of a better future. Directed by Phyllis E. Griffin. Previews Sept. 28-29. Opens Sept. 30, 7:30 pm. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15. To Oct. 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-1999.

MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA. Remy Bumppo Theatre presents Gordon Edelstein’s adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s classic tragedy about a family caught up in a cycle of murder, revenge and reinvention. Directed by Timothy Douglas. Previews Sept. 23-25. $35-$40. Opens Sept. 26, 7 pm. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. No performance Sept. 28. Additional performance Sept. 29, Oct. 8, 20, 2:30 pm. $40-$55. To Oct. 30. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.

PUSSY ON THE HOUSE. Hell in a Handbag Productions present Ryan Landry’s play that spoofs “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Directed by Matthew Gunnels. Previews Sept. 23-25. Opens Sept. 27, 8 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 5 pm. $20, $25. To Oct. 30. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (800) 838-3006.

RED. The Goodman Theatre presents John Logan’s journey into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Directed by Robert Falls. Previews Sept. 23-25. Opens Sept. 27, 7 pm. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. No matinee performance Sept. 24, Oct. 1; no evening performance Oct. 16, 23. Additional performance Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 2 pm; Oct. 11, 18, 7:30 pm. $25-$84. To Oct. 23. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800.

SCOTT JANUS: MONSTER HUNTER! New Millennium Theatre presents Paul Czarnowski’s play, a salute to camp-horror filmmakers Roger Corman and William Castle. Opens Sept. 23, 10:30 pm. Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm. $17, $20. To Oct. 30. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150.

SEVEN SCARY TALES. National Pastime Theater presents David Storms Denman’s play. Opens Sept. 29, 8 pm. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Oct. 31, 8 pm. $15. To Oct. 31. National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway. (773) 327-7077.

SHINING CITY. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents Conor McPherson’s drama about a recently widowed man who seeks help in dealing with his wife’s death. Directed by Bryan Burke. Opens Sept. 23, 8 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$33. To Oct. 9. College of DuPage, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-4000.

SNAPSHOTS. Northlight Theatre presents Stephen Schwartz and David Stern’s musical about a marriage at the crossroads. Directed by Ken Sawyer. Opens Sept. 23, 7:30 pm. Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2:30, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7 pm. No evening performance Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 12, 23. Additional performance Oct. 11. $25-$65. To Oct. 23. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie, Skokie. (847) 673-6300.

SPLATTER THEATER. Annoyance Theatre presents a parody of “Friday the 13th”-type movies. Directed by Charley Carroll. Preview Sept. 23, 10:01 pm. $15. Opens Sept. 30, 10:01 pm. Fri, 10:01 pm. Additional performance Oct. 30, 10:01 pm; Oct. 31, 8 pm. $20. To Oct. 31. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW. Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre presents a coming-of-age story about three young people looking for love. Directed by Fred Anzevino. Previews Sept. 23-24. $15. Opens Sept. 25, 7 pm. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $25, $30. To Nov. 6. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood. (773) 347-1109.

ONGOING

ACME: (LIVE) ACTION CARTOON. Silent Theatre pays homage to the cartoon in a series of vignettes. Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm. $10. To Oct. 15. Prop Thtr, 3504 N. Elston. (773) 544-1749.

ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDER GROUND. City Lit Theater presents Christopher Hampton’s play based on the writings of Lewis Carroll. Directed by Terry McCabe. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To Oct. 9. City Lit Theater, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. (773) 293-3682.

ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR. Black Ensemble Theater presents Jackie Taylor’s musical about love, featuring the music of Luther Vandross. Directed by Taylor. Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. F$45, $47.50. Open run. Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon. (773) 769-4451. (Recommended, Weiss)

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. Theatre-Hikes presents an outdoor staging of Mark Brown adaptatin of Jules Verne’s classic novel. Directed by Lavina Jadwhani. Sat, 1 pm; closes Sun, 1 pm. $13-$19. To Sept. 25. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Ill. Rt. 53, Lisle. (630) 725-2066.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy presents Neil Simon’s newlywed comedy. Thu, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Sept. 2-3, 7:30 pm. $15. To Oct. 9. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, 1422 W. Irving Park. (800) 838-3006.

BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW. Collaboraction presents Bekah Brunstetter’s comedy-drama about a young woman who, when her husband suddenly dies, must learn to grieve like a grownup. Directed by Anthony Moseley. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To Oct. 23. Collaboraction, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1575 N. Milwaukee. (312) 226-9633. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

THE BEATS. 16th Street Theatre reprises its produciton of Marilyn Campbell’s play about the beat poets. Directed by Ann Filmer. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm. $18. To Oct. 15. Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th, Berwyn. (708) 795-6704.

BEER! Drinking & Writing Theater presents Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda’s story of 10-year-old Boon who is catapulted into the world of beer and must find his way home. Directed by Daniel Kerr-Hobert. Sat, 4 pm. $15. To Oct. 8. Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph. (312) 638-0700.

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.

BLUE MAN GROUP. The show’s creators have cleverly updated the production with new wizardry while retaining its essential mind-set. Days and times vary. $49-$69. Open run. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. (800) 982-2787. (Recommended, Weiss)

BONHOEFFER’S COST. Provision Theater presents Mary Ruth Clark and Tim Gregory’s drama about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a clergyman who gave his life standing up against Hitler and the Nazi party. Directed by Gregory. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $27. $30. To Oct. 30. Provision Theater, 1001 W. Roosevelt. (866) 811-4111.

CHALK AND SALTWATER: THE LADDER PROJECT. The Neo-Futurists present a work inspired by “The Ladder,” the longest running failure in American theater history. Directed by John Pierson. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $10, $15. To Oct. 22. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

A CHILD’S MIND. Annoyance Theatre presents George McAuliffe’s one-man show that looks at emotionally limited, unevolved adult children. Directed by Emily Wilson. Closes Thu, 8 pm. $10. To Sept. 29. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

THE CITY THAT DRINKS. Drinking & Writing Theater presents a show about the history of drinking and writing in Chicago.. Sat, 7 pm. $15. To Oct. 15. Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph. (312) 638-0700.

CLYBOURNE PARK. Steppenwolf Theatre presents Bruce Norris’ drama set on two afternoons, 50 years apart, as a bungalow on Chicago’s Northwest side becomes becomes a contested site in the politics of race. Directed by Amy Morton. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. Sunday evening performances through Oct. 16 only. Additional performance Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2 pm. $20-$75. To Nov. 6. Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650. (Recommended, Weiss)

CO-ED PRISON SLUTS. Annoyance Theatre presents the musical about the inane residents of a prison. Directed by Mick Napier. Sat, 10:01 pm. $20. Open run. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Piccolo Theatre presents Shakespeare’s comedy about romantic mistaken identities on an island where anything can happen. Directed by Christopher Marino. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To Oct. 22. Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston. (847) 424-0089.

COPENHAGEN. Vex Theatre persents Michael Frayn’s drama about two physicists who held the fate of the world in their hands in 1941. Directed by Michael Albrow. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $15. To Sept. 25. Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division, Elgin. (847) 991-8081.

CORAZON DE MANZANA. Mortar Theatre Company presents Dana Lynn Formby’s drama that intertwines the lives of three mother/daughter pairs living in Canada, the United States and Mexico with the femicide occurring in Juarez, Mexico. Directed by Jason Boat. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $15, $20. To Sept. 25. Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 742-8497.

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Lifeline Theatre presents Christopher M. Walsh’s adaptation of the classic tale. Directed by Paul S. Holmquist. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $20-$35. To Oct. 30. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477.

CYRANO. The House Theatre of Chicago presents Matt Hawkins’ adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play. Directed by Hawkins. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $10, $25. To Oct. 16. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 769-3832. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE DOUBLE. Babes With Blades Theatre presents Barbara Lhota’s comedy about a woman who is cast in a Broadway production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” in the 1940s. Directed by Leigh Barrett. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. Additional performance $20. To Sept. 24. Lincoln Square Theatre, 4754 N. Leavitt. (773) 904-0391.

EIKO & KOMA. Performing “Raven,” “White Dance” and “Night Tide.” Sept. 23-24, 7:30 pm. $28. MCA Theater, 220 E. Chicago. (312) 397-4010.

ENTER LOVE. Quest Theatre Ensemble presents an original musical that explores the nature and challenges of relationships in the 21st century. Directed by Andrew Park. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Free, reservations recommended. To Oct. 16. Blue Theatre, 1609 W. Gregory. (312) 458-0895.

AN EVENING WITH GREG WALLOCH. Victory Gardens Theater’s Crip Slam presents Greg Walloch’s semi-autobiographical monologues. Sept. 25, 7:30 pm. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000.

FARRAGUT NORTH. Stage Left Theatre presents Beau Willimon’s drama about a presidential press secretary who falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. Directed by Vance Smith. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To Oct. 9. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150. (Recomended, Weiss)

THE FEVER CHART: FOUR VISIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST. Eclipse Theatre presents Naomi Wallace’s play that presents four stories exploring the Middle East’s complex political landscape. Co-directed by Steven Fedoruk and Sarah Moeller. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $28. To Oct. 30. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.

FLOW. eta Theatre presents Will Power’s piece that blends narrative, rhyme and hip-hop beats in an exploration of life’s daily struggles and lessons. Directed by Sonita L. Surratt. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3, 7 pm. $30. To Oct. 23. eta Square, 7558 S. South Chicago. (773) 752-3955.

FOR THE BOYS. Marriott Theatre presents Aaron Thielen’s adaptation of the 1991 film about the relationship bewteen a big-band singer and a song-and-dance man. Directed by Marc Robin. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $41-$49. Dinner packages available. To Oct. 16. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200. (Recommended, Weiss)

GUYS AND DOLLS. Theatre at the Center presents the classic musical. Directed by William Pullinsi. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $36-$40. To Oct. 16. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge, Munster. (800) 511-1552.

IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY. Victory Gardens Theater presents Sarah Ruhl’s comedy, set in the twilight of the Victorian era, as a new medical device is introduced to calm women suffering from “hysteria.” Directed by Sandy Shinner. Tue-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Sept. 24, Oct, 1, 8, 4 pm; Sept. 28, 2 pm. $20-$50. To Oct. 9. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000.

JIMMY OF NAZARETH. Annoyance Theatre presents Jimmy Pennington’s solo piece that follows him to the brink of permanent institutionalization and back. Directed by Irene Marquette. Thu, 9:30 pm. $10. To Oct. 13. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

KABULITIS. Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents Keith Anwar’s drama based on his mother’s experiences in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as she is haunted by memoires of Afghanistan. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $19. To Oct. 30. Josephinum Academy, 1500 N. Bell. (800) 838-3006.

THE KID THING. Chicago Dramatists and About Face Theatre present Sarah Gubbins drama about two lesbian couples who get together for a dinner party where the unexpected news of an impending pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Directed by Joanie Schultz. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $32. To Oct. 16. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630. (Somewhat 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.

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE. Broadway in Chicago presents Nora and Delia Ephron’s collection of vignettes and monologues based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Directed by Karen Carpenter. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. No matinee performance Sept. 28, Oct. 12. Additional performance Oct. 2, 16, 7:30 pm. $68-$78. To Dec. 4. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

MOBY-DICK. The Building Stage presents its adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Directed by Blake Montgomery. Previews Sept. 16-18. $12. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $22. To Oct. 30. The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter. (312) 491-1369.

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.

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, 2, 5 pm. $25-$77.50. To Dec. 31. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)

MURDER FOR TWO. Chicago Shakespeare presents Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair’s musical murder mystery in which one actor investigates the crime while another actor plays all 13 suspects. Directed by David H. Bell. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25, $30. To Oct. 16. Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600. (Recommended, Weiss)

MY FAIR LADY. The Paramount Theatre presents the classic musical. Directed by Jim Corti. Wed, 1:30, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $34.90-$46.90. To Oct. 2. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. (630) 896-6666. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

NOIR: CITY OF BIG SHOULDERS. Silent Theatre presents a noir drama about a private investigator who walks the line between good and evil. Directed by Brendan Balfe. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15 or pay-what-you-can. To Oct. 16. Prop Thtr, 3504 N. Elston. (773) 544-1749.

NORTHWEST HIGHWAY. The Gift Theatre presents William Nedved’s play about a Chicago man whose friends encourage him to face the road ahead. Directed by Si Osborne. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 2:30, 6 pm. No performance Sept. 24. $20, $30. To Sept. 25. Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071. (Recommended, Houlihan)

THE PITMEN PAINTERS. TimeLine Theatre presents Lee Hall’s drama about a group of miners in Northern England who take an art appreciation class and start producing work that makes them an art world sensation. Directed by BJ Jones. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. No performance Nov. 24. Additional performance Nov. 25, 4 pm. $32, $42. To Dec. 4. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER. Porchlight Music Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a couple whose relationship is rocked by the arrival of guests at their anniversary party. Directed by Brenda Didier. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $38. To Oct. 16. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE REAL THING. Writers’ Theatre presents Tom Stoppard’s drama about a married playwright who blurs the line between reality and drama on stage as his personal life unravels before his very eyes. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. Additional performance Oct. 12, Nov. 16, 2 pm. No evening performance Oct. 16, Nov. 20. $45-$65. To Nov. 20. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000.

RIFF RAFF. Mary-Arrchie Theatre presents Laurence Fishburne’s drama about two men looking for help after a drug heist goes bad. Directed by Richard Cotovsky. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $18-$22. To Oct. 30. Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan. (773) 871-0442.

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.

THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN. Seanachai Theatre presents Sean O’Casey’s drama about a poet who is mistaken for an IRA gunman. Directed by John Mossman. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $24-$28. To Oct. 23. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. (866) 811-4111.

SKY’S THE LIMIT (WEATHER PERMITTING). Second City e.t.c. presents its 35th 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. (Recommended, Hedy Weiss)

THE SECOND CITY’S HISTORY OF CHICAGO: LIVE AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The Second City works with the Chicago History Museum to develop new scenes that celebrate Chicago. Audience members can also offer ideas. The finished show will debut in December. Sept. 22-23, 7:30 pm; Sept. 25, 2 pm; Sept. 29-30, 7:30 pm; Oct. 2, 2 pm. $15. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark. (312) 642-4600.

SOPHOCLES: SEVEN SICKNESSES. The Hypocrites present Sean Graney’s four-hour drama based on Sophocles’ seven remaining texts. Fri-Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. No performance Oct. 1, 15. Additional performance Oct. 10, 7 pm. $36. To Oct. 16. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

SOUTH SIDE OF HEAVEN. The Second City’s 99th revue explores the fates that propel our world. Directed by Billy Bungeroth. 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. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

SPUNK. Court Theatre presents George C. Wolfe’s adaptation of short stories by Zora Neale Hurston. Directed by Seret Scott. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $40-$60. To Oct. 9. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

STONE HEARTH READING SERIES. Sept. 25, 1 pm: “Lovers (Part Two — Losers) by Brian Friel. Oct. 16, 1 pm, “A View From the Obelisk” by Hugh Leonard. Nov. 6, 1 pm: “Bedtime Story” by Sean O’Casey. Brunch is served from noon-1 pm. $25, $30. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. (773) 282-7035.

STUCK IN THE THIRD GRADE. Pub Theater presents Daniel Shar’s one-man show about a life of misadventures. Thu, 8 pm. $5. To Oct. 6. Pub Theater at Fizz Bar and Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln. (773) 904-8777.

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)

SWEENEY TODD. Drury Lane Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a murderous barber out for revenge. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Wed, 1:30 pm; Thu, 1:30, 8 pm; Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$45. To Oct. 9. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

TEA AT FIVE. First Folio Theatre presents Matthew Lombardo’s play about actress Katharine Hepburn. Wed, Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 7:30 pm. $20-$37. To Oct. 16. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st and Ill. Rt. 83, Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067.

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. $5, $10. Open run. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (312) 409-1954.

THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG. Fox Valley Repertory presents Neil Simon’s musical about the real life romance of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Singer. Directed by Jonathan Berry. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance Oct. 6, 2 pm. $29, $39. Dinner packages available. To Oct. 9. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, St. Charles. (630) 584-6342.

THIS IS OUR YOUTH. Liminality Theatre presents Kenneth Lonergan’s look at affluent young Manhattanites of the 1980s. Directed by Brian Posen. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $13. To Sept. 24. Stage 773,1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252.

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.

TUSK, TUSK. A staged reading of Polly Stenham’s drama about three young siblings whose parents desert them. Sept. 23, 7:30 pm. Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes, Evanston. (847) 866-6597.

URINETOWN. Circle Theatre presents Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s musical about greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Directed by Kevin Bellie. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$26. To Oct. 23. Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison, Oak Park. (708) 660-9540.

WAITING FOR LEFTY. American Blues Theater presents Clifford Odets’ drama honoring the American worker. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Thu-Fri, 9 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $25. To Oct. 2. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000. (Recommended, Weiss)

A WALK IN THE WOODS. TimeLine Theatre presents Lee Blessing’s drama about two arms negotiators who meet informally in the woods after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. Directed by Nick Bowling. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $34, $44. To Nov. 20. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

WOMEN ARE CRAZY BECAUSE MEN ARE A--HOLES. Cyur Studios present Brad T. Gottfred’s comedy about relationships, romance and ruin. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; closes Sun, 5 pm. $39.69. To Sept. 25. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.

VIOLET. Bailiwick Chicago presents Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s musical story of a young woman who faces life’s challenges. Directed by Elizabeth Margolius. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $27.50-$32.50. To Oct. 16. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700.

YELLOWMAN. Greenetree Productions presents Dael Orlandersmith’s drama about an African-American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her smalltown southern upbringing. Directed by Jonathan Wilson. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15-$25. To Oct. 9. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252.

YO JOE! A REAL AMERICAN HIP-HOP MUSICAL. Red Star Studio Productions presents a parody of the cartoon/toy franchise. Directed by David Flora. Fri-Sat, 8 pm. $15. To Oct. 15. Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park. (800) 838-3006.

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.

TOMMY GUN’S GARAGE. A 1920s musical comedy revue set in a Prohibition-era speakeasy with dinner. Showtimes: Wed-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

IF YOU GIVE A CAT A CUPCAKE. Emerald City Theatre presents an adaptation of Laura Numeroff’s children’s book. Days and times vary. $13, $16. To Jan. 7. Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100.

PINKALICIOUS. Broadway in Chicago presents Emerald City Theatre’s staging of Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann and John Gregor’s musical about a young girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and catches a case of “pinkititis” and turns pink from head to toe. Directed by Ernie Nolan. Thu-Sun, 10 am. $16-$22. To Jan. 7. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000. (Recommended, Weiss)

RUGRATS. Presented by the Center Stage Players. Sat, 1 pm. $8. To Oct. 15. Center Stage Theater, 1665 Quincy, Naperville. (630) 355-9212.



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