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Theater Listings 10.28.11

Updated: October 31, 2011 11:43AM



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BROKE-OLOGY. eta Theatre presents Nathan Louis Jackson’s play about two very different brothers who are at odds over who will take care of their ailing father. Directed by Runako Jahi. Opens Nov. 3, 8 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $30. To Dec. 18. eta square, 7558 S. South Chicago. (773) 752-3955.

FAUSTUS. Theatre School of DePaul University presents Rupert Gould and Ben Power’s adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s drama. Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. Previews Nov. 2-3. Opens Nov. 4, 7:30 pm. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Free, reservations recommended. To Nov. 13. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (312) 922-1999.

FIRST LOOK REPERTORY OF NEW WORK. Steppenwolf Theatre presents three new works: “Man in Love” by Christina Anderson, “Want” by Zayd Dohrn and “Oblivion” by Carly Mensch. Previews to Nov. 4. Opens Nov. 5, 1, 4:40, 8 pm. Days and time vary. $20; three-play pass $45. To Nov. 20. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650.

GOODNIGHT MOON. Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Mark Messing and Chad Henry’s adaptation of Clement Hurd’s classic children’s book. Directed by David Kersnar. Previews to Nov. 5. Opens Nov. 6, 3 pm. Tue-Fri, 10:15 am; Sat-Sun, 11 am, 3 pm. Additional performance Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 7 pm. No performance Nov. 24. $25, $35. To Dec. 23. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. The Paramount Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical portrait of Joseph, the favorite son. Directed by Stacey Flaster. Previews Nov. 2-3. Opens Nov. 4, 8 pm. 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 Nov. 20. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. (630) 896-6666.

KEEP A SONG IN YOUR SOUL: THE BLACK ROOTS OF VAUDEVILLE. The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a show created by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reginald R. Robinson and Reggio McLaughlin. Directed by Andrea J. Dymond. Opens Nov. 3, 8 pm. Nov. 4, 8 pm; Nov. 5, 3, 8 pm; Nov. 6, 7 pm. $43, $45. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. (773)728-6000.

LOVE SUCKS. Pride Films and Plays presents Rob Mersola’s comedy that follows six romantically challenged men. Directed by John Nasca. Opens Nov. 3, 8 pm. Fri-Sat, 8 pm. $15. To Nov. 26. Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted. (800) 838-3006.

MAESTRO: THE ART OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN. Actor and pianist Hershey Felder presents the story of the American composer and the artists that inspired him. Previews Nov. 1-8. Opens Nov. 9, 7:30 pm. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 5 pm. $55. To Dec. 30. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

MAPLE AND VINE. Next Theatre presents Jordan Harrison’s play about a couple who look to the 1950s for happiness. Directed by Damon Kiely. Previews to Oct. 30. Opens Nov. 1, 7 pm. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance Nov. 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 4 pm. $25-$40. To Dec. 4. Next Theatre, 927 Noyes, Evanston. (847) 475-1875.

THE NUTCRACKER. The House Theatre of Chicago presents Phillip C. Klapperich and Jake Minton’s adaptation of the classic tale. Directed by Tommy Rapley. Previews Nov. 3-12. Opens Nov. 13, 7 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. No performance Nov. 24, Dec. 25. $25. To Dec. 30. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 251-2195.

OR. Caffeine Theatre, in collaboration with Collaboraction presents Liz Duffy Adams’ comedy about English Restoration dramatist Aphra Behn trying to get out of the spy trade and into show biz. Directed by Catherine Weidner. Previews Oct. 28-29. Opens Oct. 30, 3 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To Dec. 4. Collaboraction, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1575 N. Milwaukee. (312) 409-4778.

THE PHYSICISTS. University Theater presents Friedrich Durrenmatt’s satiric drama. Opens Nov. 3, 8 pm. Nov 4, 8 pm; Nov. 5, 3, 8 pm. $6. To Nov. 5. University of Chicago, Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University. (773) 702-9315.

RIPPER THE MUSICAL. Annoyance Theatre presents Boaz Reisman and Jen Spyra’s musical comedy in which Sherlock Holmes is pitted against Jack the Ripper. Opens Nov. 2, 8 pm. Wed, 8 pm. $20. To Nov. 30. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

TEMPLE OF THE BOOBS: AN INDIANA JONES BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a burlesque-infused parody of the movie. Directed by Stella Cheeks. Opens Oct. 28, 11 pm. Fri, 11 pm. $20. To Dec. 16. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549.

THROUGH THE MIDDLE GROUND. Side Project Theatre presents Louis Cancelmi’s play about a soldier returning home after serving in Iraq who finds it difficult to connect to his former life. Directed by Adam Webster. Opens Nov. 1, 7:30 pm. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $10-$20. To Dec. 18. Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis. (773) 973-2150.

ONGOING

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. $45, $47.50. Open run. Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon. (773) 769-4451. (Recommended, Hedy Weiss)

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. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $35, $40. To Oct. 30. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 2 pm. No performance Nov. 3. $39-$43. To Nov. 5. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121.

BEAUTY OF THE FATHER. Urban Theater presents Nilo Cruz’s family drama. Directed by Cecilie Keenan. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20. To Nov. 19. Wicker Park Art Center, St. Paul’s Church, 2215 North. (312) 239-8783.

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

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE. Profiles Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic play about a mysterious man who has been searching for his missing left hand for decades. Directed by Rick Snyder. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35, $40. To Dec. 4. Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815. (Somewhat 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 THE SHADOW AND THE WALL. Shadow and the Wall Productions present Jaimie-Lee Wise’s psychological thriller about the residents of a transient hotel who face their dreams and nightmares.Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $15-$25. To Nov. 13. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6860.

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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $27. $30. To Oct. 30. Provision Theater, 1001 W. Roosevelt. (866) 811-4111.

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. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; closes Sat, 2, 7:30 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. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 4, 8 pm. $15-$25. To Oct. 29. Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln. (773) 980-6391.

BUS STOP. Raven Theatre presents William Inge’s drama about a group of travelers trapped on a snowy night at a rural Kansas diner. Directed by JoAnn Montemurro. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $30. To Dec. 11. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177. (Recommended, Weiss)

CLOUD 9. Gift Theatre presents Caryl Churchill’s gender-bending drama that traverses the rocky terrain of human sexuality. Directed by Maureen Payne-Hahner. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $20-$30. To Dec. 4. Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071.

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, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Additional performance Nov. 2, 2 pm. $20-$75. To Nov.13. 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 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 Nov. 13. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477.

THE DOYLE & DEBBIE SHOW. Lonesome Road Productions, in association with Jim Jensen, present the story of an old-guard country star who tries to revive his career. Tue-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 5 pm. $43.50-$49.50. To Dec. 31. Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

EAST OF BERLIN; THE RUSSIAN PLAY. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents two plays by Hannah Moscovitch. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To Nov. 13. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. (773) 698-7389. (Recommended, Weiss)

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. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To Oct. 30. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529.

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. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 2:30 pm. $28. To Oct. 30. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.

FOLLIES. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s show business musical. Directed by Gary Griffin. Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Additional performance Nov. 1, 8, 7:30 pm, Nov. 13, 6 pm. $55-$75. To Nov. 13. Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600.

FROM THE CIRCLE: REMEMBERING THE EARTH THROUGH FOLKTALES. Filament Theatre Ensemble presents an original adaptation of classic folk tales to explore the fundamentals of human nature. Directed by Jack Novak. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $10-$25. To Nov. 13. Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. (773) 270-1660.

F--- YOU, I LOVE YOU, BYE: THE RAHM EMANUEL STORY. Annoyance Theatre presents Marc Warzecha’s exploration of the life of Chicago’s new mayor. Directed by Paul Turner. Sat, 8 pm. $20. To Nov. 26. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

THE GAME SHOW SHOW...AND STUFF! British Stage Company presents Anderson Lawfer and James Anthony Zoccoli’s show featuring trivia games, physical challenges and guessing games. Fri-Sat, 11 pm. $15. To Dec. 31. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700.

THE GREAT FIRE. Lookingglass Theatre presents John Musial’s play about the disaster that redefined Chicago. Directed by Musial. Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 3, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $30-$68. To Nov. 20. Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

HAROLD AND MAUDE. Lincoln Square Theatre presents Colin Higgins dark comedy about a young man obsessed with death and and old woman absorbed with life. Directed by Kristina Schramm. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm. Additional performance Nov. 10, 8 pm. $20. To Nov. 19. Lincoln Square Theatre, 4754 N. Leavitt. (773) 275-7930.

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Rebecca Gilman’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel about a deaf man and the four lonely people who find solace in his ability to listen. Directed by Hallie Gordon. Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. Student weekday matinees also available. $20. To Nov. 4. Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650. (Recommended, Weiss)

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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $19. To Oct. 30. Josephinum Academy, 1500 N. Bell. (800) 838-3006.

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.

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. City Lit Theater presents Stephen F. Murray and Brian Pastor’s adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic tale. Directed by Murray. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25. To Oct. 30. City Lit Theater, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 Bryn Mawr. (773) 293-3682.

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. $68-$78. To Dec. 4. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000. (Somewhat 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.

MARY POPPINS. Broadway in Chicago presents the musical based on the Disney movie. Directed by Richard Eyre. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 6:30 pm. $25-$90. To Nov. 6. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000. (Recommended, Houlihan)

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)

MOBY-DICK. The Building Stage presents its adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Directed by Blake Montgomery. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $22. To Nov. 4. The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter. (312) 491-1369. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

MOMMA’S BOYZ. Teatro Vista presents Candido Tirado’s play about a young man who turns back the hands of time to save the life of a friend. Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To Dec. 4. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 666-4659.

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. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 2:30 pm. $40-$55. To Oct. 30. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

MUNSTERS OF THE MIDWAY. Possibility Playhouse and Hundredth Monkey present Paul Barile’s play in which the characters of the television show come to life in Bridgeport. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm; closes Mon, 8 pm. $10. To Oct. 31. First Trinity Community Center, 643 W. 31st. (773) 412-7780.

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. No performance Nov. 23-24. Performances on Nov. 25 at 5, 8:30 pm. $25, $30. To Nov. 27. Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600. (Recommended, Weiss)

MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD. Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre presents Marc Lewallen, Brad Younts and Mary Spray’s parody of classic zombie films and traditional musical theatre. Directed by Lewallen and Younts. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $20, $25. To Nov. 12. Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton. (773) 871-9046.

NEW STAGES AMPLIFIED. The Goodman Theatre presents staged readings of new works. To Nov. 6: “Chicago Boys” by Kathleen Tolan. Nov. 10-20: “Ask Aunt Susan” by Seth Bockley. Times vary. $10-$20. Also featured are free reading of these new plays: Nov. 7, “Two Lakes, Two Rivers” by Laura Jacqmin; Nov. 14, “Teddy Ferrara” by Christopher Stein. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Theatre-Hikes presents an outdoor staging of Lori Allen Ohm’s adaptation of the classic film. Directed by Frank Farrell. Sat, 3 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $13-$19. To Oct. 30. Morton Aboretum, 4100 Ill. Rt. 53, Lisle (630) 725-2066.

NOEL COWARD IN TWO KEYS. ShawChicago presents two Noel Coward one-acts: “Come Into the Garden Maud” and “A Song at Twilight.” Sat-Sun, 2 pm; Mon, 7 pm. $25. To Nov. 7. Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn. (312) 587-7390.

OLD TIMES. Strawdog Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s drama in which history is written and rewritten when two women meet to reminisce about their bohemian youth in London. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $28. To Nov. 12. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

OVERWEIGHT, UNIMPORTANT, MISSHAPE: A EUROPEAN SUPPER. Trap Door Theatre presents Werner Schwab’s drama that explores the depths of human longing. Directed by Yasen Peyankov. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20, $25; 2-for-1 on Thu. To Nov. 13. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494. (Recommended, Weiss)

PIPPIN. BoHo Theatre presents Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s musical about the search for the meaning of life and love. Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $22-$28. To Nov. 13. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150.

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)

PLUTO IS LISTENING. InFusion Theatre presents David Parr’s dramatic comedy about drug addiction, an unplanned pregnancy and Pluto’s right to be a planet. Directed by Mitch Golob. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To Nov. 20. Apollo Theater Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100.

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. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 5 pm. $20, $25. To Oct. 30. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (800) 838-3006.

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.

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 Nov. 16, 2 pm. No evening performance Nov. 20. $45-$65. To Nov. 20. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

RED. The Goodman Theatre presents John Logan’s journey into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Directed by Robert Falls. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $25-$84. To Oct. 30. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 7 pm. $18-$22. To Oct. 30. Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan. (773) 871-0442.

RODGERS & HART: A CELEBRATION. Light Opera Works presents tunes from the songbook of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $27-$42. To Nov. 6. Light Opera Works, 1420 Maple, Evanston. (847) 869-6300. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

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.

SALEM! THE MUSICAL. Annoyance Theatre presents a musical witch-hunt set in the Puritan town of Salem in 1692. Fri, 8 pm. $20. To Nov. 25. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665.

SCOTT JANUS: MONSTER HUNTER! New Millennium Theatre presents Paul Czarnowski’s play, a salute to camp-horror filmmakers Roger Corman and William Castle. Fri, 10:30 pm; closes Sat, 10:30 pm. $17, $20. To Oct. 29. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150.

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

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, Weiss)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Drury Lane Theatre presents Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic musical. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Wed, 1:30 pm; Thu, 1:30, 8 pm; Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $35-$45. To Jan. 8. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111.

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)

THE SPIRIT PLAY. Strange Tree Group presents Emily Schwartz’s play set in 1870s Chicago where three scheming charlatans prey on the rich with elaborate tricks and magic during seances. Directed by Jimmy McDermott. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To Nov. 6. Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 742-8497.

SPLATTER THEATER. Annoyance Theatre presents a parody of “Friday the 13th”-type movies. Directed by Charley Carroll. Fri, 10:01 pm; Oct. Oct. 30, 10:01 pm; closes 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. 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. (Recommended, Weiss)

STONE HEARTH READING SERIES. 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.

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)

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.

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.

A TOUCH OF THE POET. The Artistic Home presents Eugene O’Neill’s drama about a family at the breaking point. Directed by Kathy Scambiatterra. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 5 pm. $28, $32. To Nov. 6. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE UGLY ONE. Sideshow Theatre presents Marius von Mayenburg’s satire about a man with a promising career who finds out he’s the ugliest man in the world and seeks a surgeon in a desperate bid for beauty. Directed by Seth Bockley. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To Nov. 20. Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway. (773) 809-4782.

UNDER THE BLUE SKY. Steep Theatre presents David Eldridge’s darkly comic play about about three couples struggling with one question: Is it possible to serve your country and yourself at the same time? Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20-$22. To Nov. 19. Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. (866) 811-4111. (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)

WHITE CHRISTMAS. Marriott Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s holiday classic. 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 Jan. 1. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200.

WOMEN ARE CRAZY BECAUSER MEN ARE A**HOLES. Cyur Studios presents Brad T. Gottfred’s comedy about romantic relationships. Directed by Gottfred. Thu, 7 pm; Fri, 7, 9:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 5 pm. $29.69. To Nov. 6. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Fox Vallery Repertory presents Stephen Malatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel about a London lawyer who hires an actor to help recount a story to family and friends that has long troubled him. Directed by John Gawlik. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2, 7 pm. $29, $39. Dinner packages available. To Oct. 30. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, St. Charles. (630) 584-6342.

THE WORLD OVER. State Theatre of Chicago presents Keith Bunin’s play about a rescued castaway who learns that he may be the heir to a kingdom if he can only find it. Directed by Tim Speicher. Thu-Sun, 8 pm. $12-$20. To Nov. 19. ARCC Ballet, 2200 N. Elston. (217) 409-1015.

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: 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

THE 13 CLOCKS. Lifeline Theatre presents Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of James Thurber’s irreverent fairy tale. Sat, 1 pm; Sun, 11 am, 1 pm. $15. To Dec. 4. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477.

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)

THE WITCHES. The Theatre School of DePaul University’s Chicago Playworks presents David Wood’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale of a young boy and his grandmother who try to stop a troop of witches. Tue, Thu, Fri, 10 am; Sat, 2 pm. No performance Nov. 11, 22, 24-26, 29. Additional matinee Nov. 30, 10 am. $8. To Dec. 3. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-0999.



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