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The Guide — Theater Listings 11.16.12

Updated: November 17, 2012 4:28PM



OPENING

AMERICAN STORM. Theatre Seven of Chicago presents a story of the working class fighting for survival when corporate interests change a small town forever. Directed by Brian Golden. Previews Nov. 16-18. Opens Nov. 19. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $15-$25. To Dec. 16. Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln. Theatreseven.org.

ANNIE. The Paramount Theatre presents the musical tale of the little orphan girl with the heart of gold. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Previews Nov. 21-23. Opens Nov. 24. 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 Dec. 30. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666; paramountaurora.com.

BAH, HUMBUG! Piccolo Theatre presents a reimagining of “A Christmas Carol,” panto-style, with merry songs, cross-dressing and magic. Opens Nov. 16. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To Dec. 22. Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St., Evanston. (847) 424-0089; piccolotheatre.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Goodman Theatre presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Directed by Steve Scott. Opens Nov. 17. Tue-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6:30 pm. $21.50-$65. To Dec. 29. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; goodmantheatre.org.

THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY. Provision Theater Company presents an original musical based on the children’s book about a boy who loses his treasured Nativity set. Directed by Timothy Gregory. Previews Nov. 21-22. Opens Nov. 24. Wed, 10 am; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$32. To Dec. 23. Provision Theater Company, 1001 W. Roosevelt. (312) 455-0066; provisiontheater.org.

CINDERELLA. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical fairy tale. Directed by Matt Raftery. Opens Nov. 17. Tue-Sat, 10 am. $15. To Dec. 31. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; MarriottTheatre.com.

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY. Victory Gardens presents a whimsical fable about finding success in what others deem as failure. Directed by Seth Bockley. Previews Nov. 16-25. Opens Nov. 26. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $35-$50. To Dec. 30. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. Phone number; website.

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL. The producers from Baby Wants Candy present a pre-New York tryout of this parody of the wildly successful “50 Shades of Grey” erotic book trilogy. Nov. 16-17, 10:30 pm. $20. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100; apollochicago.com.

THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago musical premiere of O. Henry’s holiday classic. Directed by Mark Lococo. Previews Nov. 17-19. Opens Nov. 20. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $30-$39. To Dec. 23. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; porchlightmusictheatre.org.

THE HYPOCRITES’ GILBERT & SULLIVAN REP. The Hypocrites presents both the “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado. Directed by Sean Graney. Previews Nov. 21-Dec. 1. Opens Dec. 2. “Pirates”: Sat, 3 pm; Sun, 7:30 pm. “Mikado”: Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28. To Jan. 13. The Hyporites at Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352; the-hypocrites.com.

JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD. Court Theatre presents a reimagining of its holiday classic featuring a group of family and friends as they gether to sing and dance in celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany in Dublin at the turn of the last century. Directed by Charles Newell. Preview Nov. 16. Opens Nov. 17. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sat, 3 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $35-$65. To Dec. 9. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472; CourtTheatre.org.

THE LETTERS. Writers’ Theatre presents a thriller of politics and disinformation set in 1930s Russia, where a casual conversation turns into a game of cat-and-mouse. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Previews Nov. 16-27. Opens Nov. 28-29. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-.70 To March 3. Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org.

THE NUTCRACKER. The House Theatre presents its fantastical version of this holiday classic, weaving dance, text and songs. Directed by Tommy Rapley. Previews Nov. 16-17. Opens Nov. 18. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3, 7 pm. $25-$. To Dec. 30. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 769-3832; thehousetheatre.com.

POSSESSION. Theater Oobleck presents the latest installment of “Baudelaire in a Box,” featuring sung poems. Nov. 16-18. Wed-Sun, 8 pm. $15 or “more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke.” Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. (773) 281-0824; LinksHall.org.

WANTING MISS JULIE. Midwest New Musicals in association with Light Opera Works presents a one-night-only performance of Henrik Ibsen’s classic set to music. Directed by Stacey Flaster. Nov. 19, 7:30 pm. $15. Light Opera Works Second Stage, 1420 Maple, Evanston. (847) 920-5360; midwestnewmusicals.org.

WELCOME HOME, JENNY SUTTER. Next Theatre presents the darkly comic story of a damaged U.S. Marine just home from the war. Directed by Jessica Thebus. Previews Nov. 16-18. Opens Nov. 19. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$40. To Dec. 23. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 475-1875; nexttheatre.org.

ONGOING

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 Dec. 1. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (73) 384-0494; trapdoortheatre.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.

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, Hedy Weiss)

BOOBS OF THE DEAD: A WALKING DEAD BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango presents a burlesque zombie apocalypse that has been described as “funny, tittilating and deviously clever.” Directed by K Leo. Fri, 9 pm; Sat, 11:59 p.m. $20. To Nov. 23. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.

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.

BULRUSHER. Congo Square Theatre presents a drama that challenges our assumptions of race, sexuality and love. Directed by TaRon Patton. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $17.50-$35. To Nov. 25. Beacon Street Theater, 4520 N. Beacon. Phone number; CongoSquareTheatre.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

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. Thu-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $27-$32. To Nov. 18. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 795-8150; shatteredglobe.org.

THE BURNT PART BOYS. Griffin Theatre opens its 24th season with the story of brothers in 1962 trying to come to terms with their past so they can look forward to the future. Directed by Jonathan Berry. Thu-Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$36. To Dec. 22. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; GriffinTheatre.com. (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.

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)

DISFUNCTIONING: TWO PLAYS BY IONESCO. Rare Terra Theatre presents two one-acts by Eugene Ionesco: “The Lesson” and “Jack or The Submission.” Directed by Dragan Tobica. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 5 pm. $18-$28. To Dec. 15. The Second Stage, 3408 N. Sheffield. (773) 305-5643; rareterratheatre.com.

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. Sat-Sun, 11 am, 1 p.m. $15. To Nov. 25. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.

THE EMPIRE BRINGS SEXY BACK: A STAR WARS BURLESQUE SEQUEL. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a crazy mashup of all things “Star Wars” and other pop culture favorites. Directed by MsPixy. Sat, 10:30 pm. $20. To Dec. 29. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.

EVANSTON, WHICH IS OVER THERE. Curious Theatre Branch presents “A Tale of Men & Women in the Modern World,” which takes place in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Directed by Beau O’Reilly. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15 or pay what you can. To Dec. 16. The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis. curioustheatrebranch.com.

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.

500 CLOWN FRANKENSTEIN. 500 Clown Theatre presents a clown’s-eye view of creation and abandonment. Directed by Adrian Danzig. Th-Sat, 7:30 pm. $25. To Nov. 18. Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western; (312) 371-9751; 500clown.com. (Recommended, Weiss)

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 17. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255; neofuturists.org.

FUDDY MEERS. Ka-Tet Theatre Company presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s story of Claire, who, through amnesia and abduction and an introduction to a host of bizarre characters, is able to reassemble her life. Directed by James Whittington. Mon, 7:30 pm; Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $20. To Dec. 8. City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. (800) 838-3006; katettheatre.org.

GENTLEMEN’S RULE. A limited engagement of performances by a new, Chicago-based a cappella group. Produced by Dan Ponce and Charlie Blum. Tue-Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3, 7 p.m. $39-$69. To Nov. 25. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

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 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 p.m. $20-$86. To Nov. 17. 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 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 4, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2, 6 p.m. $35-$70. To Nov. 25. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

HELLCAB. Profiles Theatre presents a 20th anniversary production of the Chicago classic of the day in the life of a Chicago cabdriver. Directed by Darrell W. Cox. Thu-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. $35-$40. To Dec. 23. The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org. (Recommended, Weiss)

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE. Broadway in Chicago presents a new musical based on the long-running TV show featuring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Directed by Rick Sparks. Wed, 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2, 6 p.m. $23-$65. To March 3. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com; ilovelucylive.com. (Recommended, Weiss)

I PUT THE FEAR OF MEXICO IN ’EM. Teatro Vista presents a comedy about stereotypes as an American couple vacations in Tijuana. Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez. Thu-Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $15-$20. To Dec. 9. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (773) 599-9280; teatrovista.org. (Not 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 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $26-$30. To Nov. 18. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. (866) 811-4111; seanachai.org. (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 p.m. $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 p.m. $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 p.m. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

LES MISERABLES. Broadway in Chicago presents the epic story of survival of the human spirit, based on the Victor Hugo novel. Tue, 7:30 p.m.; Wed, 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. $18-$95. To Dec. 2. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. Eclipse Theatre presents the Eugene O’Neill classic. Directed by Nathaniel Swift. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $28. To Dec. 9. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; eclipsetheatre.com. (Recommended, Weiss)

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 Jan. 6. Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665; lookingglasstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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 p.m.; Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3:30, 6:30 p.m. $25-$77.50. To April 28. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)

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 p.m. $24. To Nov 17. The Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton. musicalofthelivingdead.com.

MY ONE AND ONLY. Marriott Theater presents this Gershwin tap dance extravaganza against the backdrop of a Jazz Age romance. Directed by Tammy Mader. Wed, 1, 8 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 4:30, 8 p.m.; Sun, 1, 5 p.m. $40-$48. To Dec. 31. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; MarriottTheater.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE ODD COUPLE. Northlight Theatre presents Neil Simon’s classic tale of mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix, starring Tim Kazurinsky. Directed by BJ Jones. Tue, 7:30 p.m.; Wed, 1, 7:30 p.m.; Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 2:30, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30, 7 p.m. $25-$72. To Dec. 9. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE OPPONENT. A Red Orchid Theatre presents a multifaceted story set against the boxing world of a small-time gym owner and an up-and-coming boxer. Directed by Karen Kessler. Thu-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $15-$30. To Dec. 2. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

PLAID TIDINGS. Theatre at the Center presents the continuation of “Forever Plaid,” where the singing group gets a heavenly phone call from Rosemary Clooney encouraging the boys to stage a nostalgic holiday show. Directed by William Pullinsi. Wed-Thu, 2 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. $38-$42. To Dec. 23. Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255; theatreatthecenter.com.

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 p.m. $10-$15. To Nov. 23. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY POTTER EXPERIENCE. Broadway in Chicago presents off-Broadway production that features all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. Tue, 7:30 p.m.; Wed, 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. $34.95-$84.95. To Dec. 23. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.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.

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. Thu-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $25. To Dec. 9. Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor. (866) 212-4077; theatre4humanity.org.

THE QUALITY OF LIFE. The Den Theatre presents a humorous drama that confronts the fundamental human challenge of losing a loved one. Directed by Lia D. Mortensen. Thu-Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $25. To Dec. 1. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. thedentheatre.com.

SAINTS & SINNERS. Vicki Quade’s Mother Superior is called by the archdiocese to help with fund-raising. Sat, 5 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Drury Lane Theatre presents the musical comedy based on the 1952 film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Directed by Bill Jenkins. Wed, 1:30 p.m.; Thu, 1:30, 8 p.m.; Fri, 8:30 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8:30 p.m.; Sun, 2, 6 p.m. $20-$45. To Jan. 13. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook.com.

SISTER ACT. Broadway in Chicago presents the feel-good musical comedy involving witness protection and nuns. Tue, 7:30 p.m.; Wed, 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. $28-$103. To Dec. 2. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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 p.m. $15-$20. To Dec. 28. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

SUPERIOR DONUTS. Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. remounts Tracy Letts’ story of an aging ’60s radical and doughnut shop owner who hires a young African American who challenges him at every turn. Directed by Richard Cotovsky. Wed-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 3, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $50. To Dec. 9. Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted.(773) 704-6000; maryarrchie.com.

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 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. $9 plus the roll of a six-sided die ($10-$15). Open run. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

TRAINSPOTTING USA. Theater Wit presents a dark tale based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, which relocates the story of young Scottish heroin addicts from working-class Edinburgh to Kansas City, Mo. Directed by Tom Mullen. Thu-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 7, 9:30 p.m.; Sun, 5 p.m. $32.50. To Dec. 2. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; theaterwit.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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 physically and ideologically divided. Directed by William Brown. Wed-Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 4, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. $32-$42. To Dec. 30. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463; timelinetheatre.com. (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 p.m; Fri-Sat, 8, 11 p.m; Sun, 7 p.m. $23. Open run. The Second City, 1616 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. (Recommended, Weiss)

THE WINTER WONDERETTES. Fox Valley Repertory presents the sequel to “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” featuring seasonal songs in a holiday party atmosphere. Directed by Patrick Stinson. Thu, 2, 8 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 4, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. $32-$42. To Dec. 30. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342; foxvalleyrep.org.



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