Updated: June 24, 2012 12:52PM
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off summer on Navy Pier with the classic musical for all ages. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Opens June 28. Wed, 11 am; Thu-Sun, 11 am, 2 pm. $18-$25. To Aug. 26. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com.
BROKE-OLOGY. eta Creative Arts Foundation presents the story of two brothers and their ailing father. Directed by Runako Jahi. Opens June 27. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 6:30 pm. $17.50. To July 1. Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive on the lakefront. (312) 742-7994; chicagoparkdistrict.com.
COMMON HATRED. The Ruckus presents the world premiere of Chicago-based playwright Calamity West’s story of a group of siblings trying to understand what they truly desire and why they never quite seem to get it. Directed by Karie Miller. Opens June 22. Fri-Sun, 8 pm. $15. To July 22. The Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis. (773) 769-7257; ruckustheater.org.
HERO. Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire presents a new musical about a young artist who with the help of his family and friends, realizes his dreams — without the help of superheroes. Directed by David H. Bell. Previews June 22-24. Opens June 27. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $40-$48. To Aug. 19. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; MarriottTheatre.com.
THE LOVER. Soul Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s one-act comedy/drama about a married couple trying to spice up their relationship. Directed by Paul Wagar. Opens June 28. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To July 15. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. SoulTheatre.com.
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. Broadway in Chicago presents a one-week-only return of the popular Beatles tribute show, which covers the band from their first Ed Sullivan appearance through the Abbey Road album. Opens June 26. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $25-$75. To July 1. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.
SPIRIT OF THE DANCE. Riverfront Theater presents the 10th anniversary tour of this international dance showcase. Opens June 27. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 5 pm. $35-$90. To July 15. Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago. (888) 556-9585; RiverfrontTheater.com.
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. Opens June 22. Fri, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Aug. 31. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
10 WAYS TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND. Metropolis Comedy series presents a farce about what could happen when you live and work with your spouse who you don’t really like all that much. Opens June 28. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $35. To July 13. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
THREE SISTERS. Steppenwolf presents Chekhov’s tale of a privileged family’s changing fortunes. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Previews June 28-July 6. Opens July 8. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$75. To Aug. 26. Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 654-5656; steppenwolf.org.
THE TRAGEDY OF BALLOON BOY (FORMERLY YOUR BUTT). The Annoyance remounts the classic original musical featuring a ragtag band of drunks who populate Maggie’s Bar. Directed by Charley Carroll. Opens June 23. Sat, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Aug. 25. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
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. Christopher Brown. 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.
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. Closes Wed, 7:30 pm. $15. 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.
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. (Highly recommended, Hedy Weiss)
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)
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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. 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. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 3, 8 pm. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge. (773) 334-7728; rivendelltheatre.org.
DANCING QUEEN. Riverfront Theater presents a musical look back at the 1970s. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 5, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2, 5 pm. $35-$90. 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. 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 Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665; lookingglasstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR. Theatre Seven of Chicago presents the Chicago premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s revenge comedy. Directed by Cassy Sanders. 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.
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 an original musical, which has reopened after a four-month run in 2012. Directed by Paul Turner. Closes Sat, 8 pm. $15-$20. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
FLOYD COLLINS. BoHo Theatre presents Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s musical that recounts the true story of a man trapped in a cave in 1925 Kentucky. Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 1:30 pm. $28. To July 15. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Phone number; website. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. Fri-Sat; closes Sun. $15-$20. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD. The Strange Tree Group presents the Midwest premiere of the satirical Soviet farce adapted from Nicolai Erdman’s 1928 play “The Suicide.” Directed by Bob Kruse. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To July 22. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; theaterwit.org.
GOTHAM CITY. Chicago Dance Crash (in association with DCA Theater) celebrates its 10th anniversary with 30 dancers performing break-dance, ballet and hip-hop in a two-act comic book saga. Choreographed by Jessica Deahr. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $18-$25. To July 15. DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 742-8497; dcatheater.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)
HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY. Filament Theatre Ensemble presents the story of troubled country music legend Hank Williams, from his Alabama roots to his meteoric rise to stardom. Directed by Julie Ritchey and Omen Sade. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $19-$24. To July 8. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; filamenttheatre.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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$32. To July 1. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. Chicagodramatists.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
IMMEDIATE FAMILY. The Goodman Theatre and About Face Theatre present Paul Oakley’s African-American family drama. Directed by Phylicia Rashad. Tue-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $20-$54. To Aug. 5. Goodman Theatre’s OWen Bruner Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; goodmantheatre.org. (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)
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.
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. Fri-Sat; closes Sun. $15-$20. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
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. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $20-$34. 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 Aug. 12. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $25 donation suggested. To July 7. RBP Rorschach, 4001 N. Ravenswood. (773) 750-2033; therbp.org.
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)
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. Sun, 4 pm; closes Thu, 7:30 pm. $25. Chief O’Neill’s Pub, 3471 N. Elston. (312) 655-1000musicmad.net.
MY FIRST TIME. Broken Nose Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of the intimate stories of real people, based on an anonymous website where folks wrote about their first sexual experiences. Directed by Benjamin Brownson. Fri-Sat, 11 pm. $20-$30. To July 28. Greenhouse Theater Complex, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.
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 recommended, Weiss)
OR. Theater on the Lake presents a bodice-ripping comedy Caffeine Theatre. Directed by Catherine Weidner. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 6:30 pm. $17.50. Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive on the lakefront. (312) 742-7994; chicagoparkdistrict.com.
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.
ROCK OF AGES. Broadway in Chicago presents the five-time Tony-winning rock musical. Directed by Kristin Hanggi. 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. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)
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 takes 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 its 2012 season with a new “docu-musical” that takes you behind the scenes of 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.
SKETCHBOOK: REINCARNATE. Collaboraction presents its 12th annual festival of new works; 13 world premiere pieces in rotating repertory. 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. 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. Fri-Sat; closes Sun. $15-$20. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.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. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $22-$30. City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. (773) 293-3682; citylit.org.
TIME AFTER TIME: THE SONGS OF JULE STYNE. Theo Ubique presents cabaret performances of songs from the golden age of musicals. Directed by Heimann. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $29-$34. To July 29. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood. (773) 347-1109; Theo-U.org. (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.
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)
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)