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The Guide — Theater Listings 06.01.12

Updated: May 31, 2012 9:02PM



OPENING

ALMOST AN EVENING. Circle Theatre presents a dark comic trio of plays by filmmaker Ethan Coen that explore the theme of hell. Directed by J. Chritopher Brown. Previews June 2 & 5, 8 pm. Opens June 6, 8 pm. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $24-$28. To July 8. Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9540; circle-theatre.org.

CAMELOT. Light Opera Works preents Lerner & Loewe’s musical based on T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” about the legend of King Arthur. Preview June 1, 2 pm. Opens June 2, 2 & 8 pm. Wed, 2 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $32-$92. To June 10. Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. (847) 920-5360; light-opera-works.org.

CROW. Walkabout Theater presents the Chicago premiere of Jeremy Sher’s solo performance that involves intensive movement, layered text and 1,200 feet of rope. Directed by Scott Bradley. Opens June 1. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$28. To June 17. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. WalkaboutTheater.org.

DANCING QUEEN. Riverfront Theater presents a musical look back at the 1970s. Directed by. Opens June 6. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 5 pm. $35-$90. To June 24. Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago. (888) 556-9585; RiverfrontTheater.com.

EASTLAND: A NEW MUSICAL. Lookingglass Theatre Company presents a world premiere written by Artistic Director Andrew White, about the 1915 S.S. Eastland disaster on the Chicago River. Directed by Amanda Dehnert. Previews June 6-15. Opens June 17. Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 3, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $24-$68. To July 29. Lookingglass Theater, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665; lookingglasstheatre.org.

EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR. Theatre Seven of Chicago presents the Chicago premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s revenge comedy. Directed by Cassy Sanders. Previews June 7-10. Opens June 14. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $15-$30. To July 15. Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; theatreseven.org.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE. One of three “Next Up 2012” plays in rotating repertory at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in partnership with Northwestern University. Directed by Laley Lippard. Opens June 7. Tue-Sun, times vary. $15-$20. To June 24. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.

I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD. Chicago Dramatists presents the story of a young man who vowed to become a billionaire by age 35 and the unexpected turn his life takes. Directed by Jonathan Berry. Previews May 25-26, 31. Opens June 1-2. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$32. To July 1. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. Chicagodramatists.org.

LIFE AND LIMB. One of three “Next Up 2012” plays in rotating repertory at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in partnership with Northwestern University. Directed by Emily Campbell. Opens June 5. Tue-Sun, times vary. $15-$20. To June 24. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.

MARAT/SADE. The Right Brain Project presents a “journey” seven years in the making, which features 29 actors, 21 audience members, a live band, wine, bon-bons and the Marquis de Sade. Directed by Nathan Robbel. Opens June 7. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $25 donation suggested. To July 7. RBP Rorschach, 4001 N. Ravenswood. (773) 750-2033; therbp.org.

ROCK OF AGES. Broadway in Chicago presents the five-time Tony winning rock musical. Directed by kristin Hanggi. Opens June 5. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $70-$80. To Aug. 5. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com.

SKETCHBOOK: REINCARNATE. Collaboraction presents its 12th annual festival of new works; 13 world premiere pieces in rotating repertory. Previews June 6-8. Opens June 9-10. Dates/times vary. $10-$20 per show; $35-$65, all-access pass. To July 15. Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (312) 226-9633; collaboraction.org.

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: THE SONGS OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN. Fox Valley Rep welcomes Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, which brings its intimate-style production to the west suburbs. Directed by Fred Anzevino. Previews June 1-June 8. Opens June 9. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm; some Thursday performances. $32-$52. To July 22. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342; foxvalleyrep.org.

SOUTH OF SETTLING. One of three “Next Up 2012” plays in rotating repertory at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in partnership with Northwestern University. Directed by Adam Goldstein. Opens June 6. Tue-Sun, times vary. $15-$20. To June 24. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.

STEAMWERKZ THE MUSICAL. The Annoyance presents a new musical about a wide-eyed gay man who comes to Chicago looking for love and stumbles upon a popular bathhouse. Directed by Clay Goodpasture. Previews June 1, 8, 15. Opens June 22. Fri, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Aug. 31. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

ONGOING

ADMIRAL EARTH: A WORKING TITLE. Matthew Asciutto and Anthony Venturini present the world premiere of their eco-friendly, superhero rock opera. Directed by Matthew Asciutto. Closes Thu, 8 pm. $12-$15. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; stage773.com.

AFTER MISS JULIE. Focal Point Theatre Company presents a re-telling of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” Directed by Melissa Albertario. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15-$20. To June 10. The Piccolo Theater, 600 Main St., Evanston. focalpointtheatre.com.

ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE MILLENNIUM APPROACHES and PART TWO PERESTROIKA. Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning magnum opus about the AIDS epidemic at its height in 1980s New York City. Directed by Charles Newell. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3 & 8 pm; closes Sun, 2:30 & 7:30 pm. $45-$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472; courttheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

ANGER/FLY. Trap Door Theatre presents an absurd dark comedy inspired by a short Eugene Ionesco film scenario. Directed by Kate Hendrickson. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20-$25. To June 30. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494; trapdoortheatre.com.

ATTEND THE TALE OF DANNY TANNER: A FULL HOUSE MUSICAL. Gorilla Tango presents a musical that is equal parts family sitcom “Full House” and macabre musical “Sweeney Todd.” Directed by Kelly Williams. Wed, 7:30 pm. $15. To June 27. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.

BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY. Raven Theatre presents the story of the bond between a superstar baseball pitcher and his teammate, a struggling third-string catcher. Directed by Michael Menendian. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $30. To June 30. Raven Theatre’s East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.com.

BEND IN THE ROAD. National Pastime Theater presents a cabaret-style play described as a cross between Bertolt Brecht and Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Laurence Bryan. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 6 pm. $15-$25. To June 9. Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th Flor. (773) 327-7077; nationalpastimetheater.com.

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.

THE BLONDE, THE BRUNETTE AND THE VENGEFUL REDHEAD. Writers’ Theatre persents the tale of a thwarted housewife whose moment of heated passion sets into motion a series of events that ripple through the lives of everyone around her. Directed by Joseph Hanreddy. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thur-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $45-$65. To July 29. Writers’ Theatre, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org.

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)

BOMBS, BABES AND BINGO. Mortar Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this experimental production that marries improvisational comedy with bingo. Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To June 17. Luna Centra, 3914 N. Clark. (773) 819-5862; MortarTheatreCompany.org.

THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO. A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn’s take of skewed family values. Directed by Shade Murray. Fri-Sat, 8 pm, closes Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722; aredorchidtheatre.org.

CIRQUE SHANGHAI : YEAR OF THE DRAGON. The acrobatic spectacle returns to Chicago with a new show, featuring tumbling, juggline, balancing, daredevil motorcyclists and more. Directed by Miao Miao Chen. Wed, 2, 6, 8 pm; Thu, 2, 8 pm; Fri, 2, 7, 9 pm; Sat, 2, 6, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 4 pm. $15.50-$29.50. To Sept. 3. Navy Pier Pepsi Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand. (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com/shanghai.

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN. Redtwist Theatre presents the darkly comic tale of a physically challenged man who becomes star-struck when an American film crew comes to town. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To June 24. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529; redtwist.org.

CROOKED. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble presents the coming-of-age drama with an all-female cast. Directed by Sandy Shinner. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm. $$. To June 24. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge. (773) 334-7728; rivendelltheatre.org.

DESPERATE AFFECTION. Emergent Theatre presents a dark comedy about love and relationships. Directed by Fred Wellisch. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $17-$22. To June 17. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; emergenttheatre.org.

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD. Red Tape Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of George Brant’s tale of a circus troupe caught in the crosshairs of a small town in turn-of-the-century America. Directed by James D. Palmer. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To June 16. Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. (312) 909-4432; redtapetheatre.org.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION. The Off-Broadway production’s Midwest premiere centers on a meeting between legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and rising academic of the time C.S. Lewis. Directed by Tyler Marchant. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $45-$55 (students $22 w/ID). To Sept. 2. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

F--- YOU, I LOVE YOU, BY: THE RAHM EMANUEL STORY. The Annoyance Theatre presents and original musical, which has reopened after a four-month run in 2012. Directed by Paul Turner. Sat, 8 pm. $15-$20. To June 23. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

HAIRSPRAY. The lively Tony Award winning hit musical based on the John Waters movie about integration in the 1960s. Directed by Tammy Mader. Wed, 1:30 pm; Thu, 1:30 & 8 pm; Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5 & 8:30 pm; Sun, 2 & 6 pm. $20-$45. To June 17. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook.com. (Highly Recommended, Weiss)

HER NAKED SKIN. Shattered Globe Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s story of women’s suffrage. Directed by Roger Smart. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $18-$34. Stage 73, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; shatteredglobe.org.

A HISTORY OF EVERYTHING. Belgian theater company Ontroerend Goed makes its American premiere as part of Chicago Shakespeare’s World’s Stage Series. Directed by Alexander Devriendt. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm . $35-$45. Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

HOSTAGE SONG. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Clay McLeod’ and Kyle Jarrow’s indie-rock musical. Directed by Ronan Marra. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To June 9. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. (883) 698-7389; signalensemble.com.

THE ICEMAN COMETH. The Goodman Theatre presents a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s drama starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. Directed by Robert Falls. Tue-Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 1:30 pm. $61-$133. To June 17. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org.

IN A FOREST DARK AND DEEP. Profiles Theatre concludes its 23rd season with Neil LaBute’s dark journey into sibling rivalry. Directed by Joe Jahraus. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5 & 8 pm; closes Sun, 7 pm. $35-$40. Profiles Theatre, 4147 N Broadway. (773) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

THE JAMMER. Pine Box Theater Company presents a wild ride of entertainment, featuring “roller-derby sequences, a riot, a roller-coaster ride, vomit, blood, sex and love.” Directed by Vincent Teninty. Thu-Fri, 8:15 pm; Sat, 5, 8:15 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $28. To July 1. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; pineboxtheater.org. (Not recommended, Catey Sullivan)

JERSEY BOYS. Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Directed by Des McAnuff. Closes Sat. $35-$100. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. broadwayinchicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

KIN. Griffin Theatre Company presents Bathsheba Doran’s drama (with humor) about the necessity of community in people’s lives. Directed by Jess McLeod. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$35. To June 10. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; theaterwit.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE KISS KISS CABARET. Chicago’s late-night, weekly burlesque/comedy/variety show, with striptease, bawdy comedy, jugglers, musicians and magicians. Directed by Chris O. Biddle. Fri, 11 pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Open run. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; GreenhouseTheater.org.

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 LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Theo Ubique presents the story of a mother and daughter traveling in Italy in the 1950s. Directed by Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $20-$34. To June 23. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood. (773) 347-1109; theo-u.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Writers’ Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical. Directed by William Brown. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $60-$75. To July 22. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

MAKING GOD LAUGH. Theatre at the Center and First Folio Theatre present the Chicago premiere of Sean Grennan’s family comedy. Directed by William Pullinsi. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $38-$42. To June 10. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255; TheatreAtThe Center.com.

THE MARCH. Steppenwolf presents a stage adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s Civil War story. Directed by Frank Galati. $20-$78. To June 10. Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

MARRIED ALIVE. A musical comedy about married life. Directed by Stacey Flaster. Thu, 7:30; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $$. To June 17. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.

THE MARVIN GAYE STORY (DON’T TALK ABOUT MY FATHER BECAUSE GOD IS MY FRIEND). Black Ensemble Theater presents the world premiere of the story about one of Motown’s greatest talents. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $55-$65. To July 29. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; blackensembletheaterorg.

MEDIEVAL TIMES. The dinner and tournament production features its first completely new show since 2007, with more action, stunning horsemanship, good food and a simplified story line. Dates and times vary. $35.95-$59.95. Open run. Medieval Times, 2001 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. (888) 935-6878; medievaltimes.com. (Recommended, Jennifer Burklow)

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. 2. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)

MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL. A four-woman show brought to by the folks behind “Menopause the Musical.” Directed by Lisa Shriver. Wed-Thu-, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2 & 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 & 5:30 pm. $48-$65. To June 17. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (800) 982-2787; ticketmaster.com. (Recommended, Weiss)

MUSIC MAD. Chicago Treasures and Prop Thtr present a musical drama celebrating the life and times of Chief Francis O’Neill, Chicago’s venerated police superintendant from 1901-1905. Directed by Stefan Brun. Thu, 7:30 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $25. To June 28. Chief O’Neill’s Pub, 3471 N. Elston. (312) 655-1000musicmad.net.

MY KIND OF TOWN. Timeline Theatre Company concludes its season with the world premiere of John Conroy’s story of the police torture scandal that plagued Chicago for three decades. Directed by Nick Bowling. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. No performance June 24. $32-$42. To July 29. Timeline Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463; timelinetheatre.com. (Highly recommeneded, Weiss)

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ELEPHANT. Curious Theatre Branch presents a festival of short plays. Fri-Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15 or pay what you can. To June 10. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston. (773) 508-0666; curioustheatrebranch.com.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Marriott Theatre presents the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. Directed by Dominic Missimi. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $41-$49. To June 10. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; marriotttheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Lifeline Theatre presents an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. Directed by Elise Kauzlaric. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $20-$32. To July 8. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.

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.

RENT. American Theater Company and About Face Theatre present Jonathan Larson’s musical about a group of friends at the height of the AIDS crisis in New York City. Directed by David Cromer. Wed-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $45-$50. To July 1. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125; atcweb.org.

ROMEO JULIET. The Hypocrites present the world premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play and Felice Romani’s libretoo for “I Capuleti e I Montecchi.” Written and directed by Sean Graney. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 7:30, 10 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $36. To July 1. The Hypocrites at Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352; the-hypocrites.com

ROUTE 66. Aurora’s Paramount Theatre presents a nostalgic jukebox revue where a gang of rowdy service station attendants take an imaginary Chicago-to-L.A. road trip. Directed by Stacey Flaster. Wed, 1:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $29. To Aug. 19. Copley Theater, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666; ParamountAurora.com.

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.

SEXY BABY. Hell in a Handbag Productions kicks off their 2012 season with a new “docu-musical” that takes you behind the scenes of the the world of child beauty pageants. Directed by Derek Czaplewski. Thu-Sun, 7:30 pm. $15-$22. To July 27. Mary’s Attic, 5400 W. Clark. (800) 838-3006; handbagproductions.org.

STATE STREET. City Lit Theater presents a not very historically accurate version of Chicago in the days just before the Great Fire. Directed by Sheldon Patinkin. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$30. To June 24. City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. (773) 293-3682; citylit.org.

TICK, TICK...BOOM! Porchlight Music Theatre presents Jonathan Larson’s autobiographicl musical. Directed by Adam Pelty. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2pm. $38. To June 10. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (73) 327-5252; porchlightmusictheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

TIGERS BE STILL. Theater Wit presents the Midwest premiere of this dark comedy about a young woman who gets her life back on track. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $18-$36. To June 16. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; TheaterWit.org.

TIMON OF ATHENS. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the Bard’s rarely produced dark satire starring Tony Award winner Ian McDiarmid. Directed by Barbara Gaines. Days and times vary. $44-$75. To June 10. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Illinois. (312) 595-5633; chicagoshakes.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

[TITLE OF SHOW]. Northlight Theatre presents a musical about creating a musical. Directed by Peter Amster. Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2:30, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $25-$60. To June 10. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6700; northlight.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

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.

THE TWELVE TENORS. Riverfront Theater’s inaugural season begins with this musical group performing Irish classics, opera, pop and swing. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 5, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2, 5 pm. $35-$90. Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago. (888) 556-9484; RiverfrontTheater.com.

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING. Circle Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Andrew Bovell’s epic story revolving around four generations of one family. Directed by John Gawlik. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $24-$28. To June 17. Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9540; circle-theatre.org. (Recommended, Weiss)

WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE. The Second City’s 100th revue the good, the bad and the ridiculous that makes us uniquely American. Directed by Matt Hovde. Tue-Thu, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8, 11 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $23. Open run. The Second City, 1616 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. (recommended, Weiss)

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. Dog & Pony presents the world premiere of a multi-media show centered around the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Directed by Devon de Mayo. Wed-Sat, 8 pm. $15-$25. (All previews and Wednesday performances, pay what you can.) To June 9. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; dogandponychicago.org.

CHILDREN’S THEATER

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY. Emerald City Theatre continues its 16th season with this larger-than-life musical written by children’s book author Judith Viorst. Directed by Ernie Nolan. For ages 3 and older. Days and times vary. $13-$16. To June 17. Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 529-2690; emeraldcitytheatre.com.

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. Sat-Sun, 10 am. $16-$22. To Aug. 5. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE WIZARD OF OZ. Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults presents the beloved family classic. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Wed-Sat, 10 am. $12. Special performances feature a breakfast buffett with show characters, $22-$25. To June 16. Drury Lake, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook.com.



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