Updated: October 21, 2012 1:30PM
THE BOOK THIEF. Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents the story of a girl struggling to survive Nazi Germany through her love of books. Directed by Hallie Gordon. Opens Oct. 21. Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20. To Nov. 9. Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
BURN THIS. Shattered Globe Theatre launches its 2012-13 season with Lanford Wilson’s story of four opposite characters scrambling to gain control of their lives on New York’s Lower East Side. Directed by Linda Gillum. Previews Oct. 19-20. Opens Oct. 21. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $27-$32. To Nov. 18. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 795-8150; shatteredglobe.org.
DUCK FOR PRESIDENT. Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents a family musical based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (“Click Clack Moo”). Directed by Shole Milos. Preview Oct. 20. Opens Oct 21. Sat-Sun, 11 am, 1 pm. $15. To Nov. 25. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.
ELECTIONFEST 2012. Pine Box Theater Company presents 12 10-minute plays exploring the issues driving the divide in today’s political landscape. Opens Oct. 22. Mon-Tue, 7:30 pm. $13. To Oct. 30. Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; theatrewit.org.
THE OPPONENT. A Red Orchid Theatre presents a multifaceted story set against the boxing world of a small-time gym owner and and up-and-coming boxer. Directed by Karen Kessler. Previews Oct. 18-21. Opens Oct. 22. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. To Dec. 2. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722.
THE PLAYER QUEEN. Anam Gan Ainm, a new theater company dedicated to producing plays with “interesting language,” presents W.B. Yeats’ farcical romp featuring royalty, beggars and poets. Directed by Gwendolyn Kelly-Masterton. Opens Oct. 19. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm. $15. To Nov. 3. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.
QED. Theatre4humanity and Collaboraction Theatre present the Chicago premiere of Peter Parnell’s story of a day in the life of maverick physicist Richard Feynman. Directed by Maureen Payne-Hahner. Previews Oct. 20-22. Opens Oct. 24. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To Dec. 9. Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor. (866) 212-4077; theatre4humanity.org.
THE WITCH’S BREW. Citadel Theater Company presents a theater experience/Halloween hike amid the backdrop of a farm nature preserve. Directed by Heather Meyers. Oct. 19-21. Thu-Sun, 4:30 pm. $10-$15. Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest. (847) 735-8554; citadeltheatre.org.
AFTER. Profiles Theatre presents Chad Beckim’s drama about a man struggling with the challenges of socialization after having spent his youth wrongfully imprisoned. Directed by Matt Hawkins. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35-$40. To Nov. 4. The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway. (73) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Hedy Weiss)
THE ARSONISTS. Trap Door Theatre presents a sociological study of a society that refuses to question overt exploitation. Directed by Victor Quezada-Perez. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20-$25. To Nov. 17. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (73) 384-0494; trapdoortheatre.com.
ASSASSINS. Billy Pacholski presents Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway hit chronicling the narratives of the assassinations and attempted assassinations of U.S. presidents. Directed by Billy Pacholski. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $30-$45. To Nov. 10. Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western. (312) 212-3470; Assassins-Chicago.com. (Somewhat recommended, Catey Sullivan)
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 BIG KNIFE. Raven Theatre opens its 30th season with Chifford Odets’ drama about a movie star’s crisis of conscience in Hollywood. Directed by Michael Menendian. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$45. To Nov. 11. Raven Theatre’s East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
BLACK WATCH. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents National Theatre of Scotland’s production based on playwright Gregory Burke’s interviews with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Directed by John Tiffany. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $38-$52. Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com.
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Bailiwick Chicago Theater launches its 2012-13 season with a rock musical that follows the story of America’s first political maverick. Directed by Scott Ferguson. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 6 pm. $15-$30. To Nov. 10. National pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th Floor. bailiwickchicago.com. (Highly recommended, 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)
BROKEN GLASS. Redtwist Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s story of how an identity crisis, a mysterious illness and ominous world events haunt a Brooklyn couple at a personal crossroads. Directed by Michael Colucci and Jan Ellen Graves. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To Nov. 18. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529 redtwist.org.
THE CATHOLIC REPERTORY: DOUBT AND AGNES OF GOD. American Theater Company pairs two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas that test the power of faith. Directed by PJ Paparelli. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $33-$43. To Nov. 4. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125; atcweb.org. (“Doubt,” highly recommended; “Agnes of God,” recommended, Weiss)
CHICAGO’S WEIRD, GRANDMA. Barrel of Monkeys kicks off its 15th season with an all new version of it’s popular show, “That’s Weird, Grandma,” featuring company members from Chicago’s top theaters using dance, puppetry, clowning, etc., to bring to life the creative writing of CPS grade-school students. Directed by Molly Brennan. Mon, 8 pm. $6-$12. To Dec. 17. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (312) 409-1954; barrelofmonkeysorg.
DEARLY DEPARTED. Circle Theatre presents a comedy that revolves aroudn a family as it comes together to plan a funeral. Directed by Kevin Wiczer. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $24-$28. To Oct. 28. Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9540; circle-theatre.org.
DIRTY. The Gift Theatre presents a modern-day satire of Wall Street greed, philanthropy and family values. Directed by Jonathan Berry. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $25-$30. To Nov. 18. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071; thegifttheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
DREAMGIRLS. Marriott Theatre presents the Tony Award winning musical-turned-hit film. Directed by. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $41-$49. To Nov. 4. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THE FEAST. Prop Thtr presents a political sature and family drama set on Thanksgiving during the 2009 health care debate. Directed by Brian Bell. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15. To Dec. 16. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (773) 539-7838; propthtr.org.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE BOOBS. Gorilla Tango presents a “LOTR, D&D, WoW, RPG Burlesque Adventure.” Directed by MsPixy. Sat, 10:30 pm. $20. To Oct. 27. Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.
44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS. The Chicago Neo-Futurists present a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 presidents. Directed by Halena Kays. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. To Nov 10. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255; neofuturists.org.
42nd STREET. Theatre at the Center presents the song and dance extravaganza. Directed by William Pullinsi. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2:30 pm. $38-$42. Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255; TheatreAtThe Center.com. (Highly recommended, Betty Mohr)
42nd STREET. Highland Park Players presents the musical sent in the 1930s that celebrates the stuff that dreams are made of. Directed by. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $16-$19. To Oct. 27. Northbrook Theatre at the Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Highlandparkplayers.com.
FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW. Chicago Dramatists opens its 34th season with a story that explores the memories that shape us, the stories we tell the world, and the dark space that lies between the two. Directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$32. To Oct. 28. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630; chicagodramatists.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 Nov. 11. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
GOOD PEOPLE. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s story of life in economically opposed Boston neighborhoods. Directed by K. Todd Freeman. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$86. To Nov. 11. Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
HAMLET. Writers’ Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$70. To Nov. 25. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON. Chicago Children’s Theatre opens the first season in its new home with a musical based on the beloved children’s book. Directed by Sean Graney. Tue, 10 am; Wed, 10 am, noon; Thu-Fri, 10 am, 6:30 pm; Sat, 11 am, 6 pm; Sun, 11 am. $20-$36. To Nov. 4. Ruth Page Center For the Arts, 1016 N. Dearbotn. (872) 222-9555; chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
HOODOO LOVE. The Collective Theatre presents a tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets, where a woman escapes from the Mississippi cotton fields to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. Directed by Nelsan Ellis. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2:30, 7:30 pm, closes Sun, 2:30 pm. $20-$32. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; athenaeumtheatre.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)
I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE. Broadway in Chicago presents a new musical based on the long-running TV show featuringing Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Directed by Rick Sparks. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $23-$65. To Nov. 11. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com; ilovelucylive.com. (Recommended, Weiss)
IN PIGEON HOUSE. Seanachai Theatre Company presents a love letter to traveling shows that weaves together vaudeville, music hall and cinema against the backdrop of the contemporary drug-fueled club scene in Dublin. Directed by Brian Shaw. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $26-$30. To Nov. 18. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. (866) 811-4111; seanachai.org.
KINKY BOOTS. Broadway in Chicago presents Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s musical tale of the power of acceptance told amid the backdrop of a failing shoe factory. Directed by Jerry Mitchell. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $33-$100. To Nov. 4. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.
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.
KITTY MASSACRE: THE MAKING OF MILO AND OTIS. The Annoyance presents a tale of romance, torture and greed, “exposing the dark reality of a childhood classic.” Directed by Jeremy Dionisio. Sat, 8 pm. $15-$20. To Dec. 1. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
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 LIFE OF DEATH. Wildclaw Theatre presents the world premiere stage adaptation of Clive Barker’s story of a woman’s fascination with death during Christmastime in London as a serial killer terrorizes the British capital. Directed by Carolyn Klein. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To Nov. 4. Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph. Wildclawtheatre.com.
LOVE AND DROWNING AT 16TH STREET. 16th Street Theater presents and ode to Chekhov, Beckett and Rod Serling with a story that explores the phenomenon of near-death experience and its impact on people’s lives. Directed by Ann Filmer. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm. $10-$18. To Oct. 27. 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. (708) 795-6704; 16thstreettheater.org.
THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE. First Folio Theatre presents a tale of life, death, love and heartbreak, based on the writings of the famed author. Directed by Michael Goldberg. Wed-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $26-$37. To Nov. 4. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067; firstfolio.org.
THE MAGIC CABARET. P.T. Murphy and David Parr present classic magic — Windy City style — with audience participation and “mind-boggling sleight of hand.” Wed, 7:30 pm. $20. Ages 13 and older. Open run. The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; magic-cabaret.com.
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)
METAMORPHOSES. Lookingglass Theatre Company presents a revival production based on the myths of Ovid from a translation by David Slavitt. Directed by Mary Zimmerman. Previews . Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $36-$70. To Dec. 16. Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665; lookingglasstheatre.org.
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 Jan. 6. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)
THE MILLIONAIRESS. ShawChicago presents a comic fable about how the moneyed classes rule the other 99 percent. Directed by Robert Scogin. Sat-Sun, 2 pm; Mon, 7 pm. To Nov. 5. Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearbotn. (312) 587-7390; shawchicago.org.
THE MISTAKES MADELINE MADE. LiveWire Chicago Theatre kicks off its 2012-13 season with the story of a young woman who develops “ablutophobia” — the fear of bathing. Directed by Krista D’Agostino. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To Nov. 3. Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln; greenhousetheater.com.
MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD. The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents an original musical comedy satirizing popular zombie and horror films. Directed by Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $24. To Nov 17. The Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton. musicalofthelivingdead.com.
MY FIRST TIME. Broken Nose Theatre welcomes the return of the Off-Broadway hit that features four actors in hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences written by real people. Directed by Benjamin Brownson. Fri, 11 pm. $15-$30. To Oct. 26. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.
NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM. Strawdog Theatre presents a tale of teen addiction to video games that upsets a nameless American town. Directed by Joanie Schultz. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $28. To Nov. 10. Strawdog Theatre, Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.
ONCE UPON A ROM COM: THE BILL PULLMAN STORY. Gorilla Tango presents a comedy featuring fictional versions of real-life actors Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Neal Fischer. Wed, 7:30 pm. $15. To Oct. 31. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598- 4549; gorillatango.com.
ONE NAME ONLY. Black Ensemble Theater presents a world premiere featuring the hits of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and a tribute to Whitney Houston. Directed by Reuben Echoles. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $55-$65. To Nov. 11. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; BlackEnsembleTheater.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
PEEK-A-BOO: AN OOKY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN BURLESQUE. Kiss Kiss Cabaret presents its annual Holloween extravaganza, a modern spin on a classic vaudeville show. Fri, 11 pm. $15-$20. To Oct. 26. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; GreenhouseTheater.org.
PLANET KARATE: RISE OF THE ROBOTIC DYNASTY. The Annoyance presents the sequel to last year’s “Planet Karate,” which takes place on a post-apocalypic Earth where Karate is law. Directed by David Rocco Facchini and Ryan McDermott. Fri, 8 pm. $10-$15. To Nov. 23. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
PONTYPOOL. Strawdog Theatre presents a new take on the zombie genre, based on Tony Burgess’ novel “Pontypool Changes Everything.” Directed by Anderson Lawfer. Fri-Sat, 11 pm; Sun, 8 pm. $15. To Nov 4. Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.
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.
RUBY WILDER. Tympanic Theatre presents the story of a kidnap victim who ventures into the dark recesses of her mind to confront her tormentor. Directed by James D. Palmer. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15. To Oct. 28. Teatro Luna’s Cabaret Studio, 3914 N. Clark. (773) 442-2882; tympanictheatre.org.
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: THE LATE NIGHT BOYSTOWN EDITION. Hell in a Handbag Productions presents its comedy sendup of child beauty pageants — with drag queens. Fri-Sat, 11 pm. $15-$35. To Oct. 27. Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Bemont, Theater #1. (773) 975-8150; handbagproductions.org.
THE SKRIKER. Red Tape Theatre presents a fairy tale featuring an ancient shapeshifter hell-bent on destroying the lives of two young mothers. Directed by Eric Hoff. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $15-$25. Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. redtapetheatre.org. (Not recommended, Catey Sullivan)
SCARRIE THE MUSICAL. Hell in a Handbag celebrates 10 years of “appalling and distasteful theater” with the unauthorized parody of both the Stephen King book and the Brian DePalma film. Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $15-$25. To Nov. 10. Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark. (800) 838-3006; handbagproductions.org.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER. Theo Ubique presents a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards. Directed by Brenda Didier. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $34-$39. To Nov. 11. Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 6970 N. Glenwood. (800) 595-4849; theo-u.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
SPLATTER THEATER. The Annoyance preents it’s classic Halloween show, a parody of “Friday the 13th” type movies. Directed by Charley Carroll. Sat, 10:01 pm. $34-$39. To Nov. 11. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.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. Fri, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Dec. 28. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens its 26th season with the award-winning musical inspired by George Seurat’s most famous work, “A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884.” Directed by Gary Griffin. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $48-$78. To Nov. 11. CST’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5678; chicagoshakes.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH. The Goodman presents Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock in Tennessee Williams’ classic American drama. Directed by David Cromer. Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $35-$90. To Oct. 28. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; goodmantheatre.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)
33 VARIATIONS. Timeline Theatre Company opens it’s 2012-13 season with the story of a modern-day music scholar trying to solve the mystery of why Beethoven devoted four years of his life writing 33 variations of a mediocre waltz. Directed by Nick Bowling. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $22-$42. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (73) 281-8463; timelinetheatre.com. (Highly 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.
WASTELAND. TineLine Theatre Company presents the story of an American POW in Vietnam who bonds with the person on the other side of his cell, even though they are are physicall and ideologically divided. Directed by William Brown. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $32-$42. To Dec. 30. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463; timelinetheatre.com.
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 WOMAN IN BLACK. Fox Valley Repertory celebrates the Halloween season with a mystery based on the novel by Susan Hill. Directed by John Gawlik. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $32-$42. To Oct. 28. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342; foxvalleyrep.org.
WOODY SEZ — THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE. Northlight Theatre presents a celebration of the musicality and social conscience of one of America’s greatest troubadours. Directed by Nick Corley. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2:30, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2:30, 7 pm. $15-$72. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
WRENS. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble opens its 17th season with the remount of Anne McGravie’s semi-autobiographical examination of loyalty, morality and duty during World War II. Directed by Karen Kessler. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 3, 8 pm. $30. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge. (773) 334-7728; RivendellTheatre.org.
XANADU. Drury Lane Theatre presents the Tony-nominated, roller-skating, musical comedy. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Wed-Thu, 1:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$45. To Oct. 28. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook,com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
ZOMBIE GENIUS. The Annoyance presents a world where humans and zombies co-exist, but zombies are treated like second-class citizens. Albert, a zombie, falls in love with a human girl during his quest to win civil rights for zombies. Directed by Ryan McDermott. Wed, 10 pm. $8-$10. To Oct. 31. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.