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The Guide — Theater Listings 11.30.12

Updated: December 2, 2012 11:19AM



OPENING

CHARLES DICKENS BEGRUDGINGLY PERFORMS ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL.’ AGAIN. The Building Stage presents Blake Montgomery’s solo show — an “absurdist and heartfelt tribute to the first literary superstar.” Previews Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Opens Dec. 2. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm . $5-$30. To Dec. 24. The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter. (312) 491-1369; buildingstage.com.

CLOSER THAN I APPEAR. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star and Second City alum Jeff Garlin brings his latest solo show to Steppenwolf. Opens Dec. 4. Tue-Sun, 8 pm. $15-$25. To Dec. 16. Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312-335-1650; steppenwolf.org.

DEAD OR ALIVE. Chicago Slam Works presents a competition between poets past and present. Dead poets such as Langston Hughes, Anne Sexton and Gwendolyn Brooks face off against real-life Chicago poets. Directed by J.W. Basilo. Opens Dec. 5. Wed, 8 pm. $14. To Dec. 19. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. (847) 556-8679; chicagoslamworks.com.

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Broadway in Chicago presents the classic Seuss tale come to life on stage. Directed by Matt August. Opens Dec. 5. Tue, 7 pm; Wed, 2, 7 pm; Thu-Fri, 7 pm; Sat, 11 am, 2, 7 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $18-$85. To Dec. 16. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.

THE HYPOCRITES’ GILBERT & SULLIVAN REP. The Hypocrites presents both the “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado. Directed by Sean Graney. Previews Nov. 30-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.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY. A cast of five play all the characters in Frank Capra’s classic story of one man’s affect on his community — in a live radio stage play. Directed by Shellee Frazee. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3:30 pm. $20-$22. To Dec. 9. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. (773) 445-3838; beverlyartscenter.org.

THE KISS KISS CABARET ‘HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!’ Chicago’s late-night burlesque/comedy/variety show presents a holiday-themed show with an audience kazoo party and special guest performers. Opens Nov. 30. Fri, 11 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. To Dec. 31. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; GreenhouseTheater.org.

LUCKY STIFF. The Music Theatre Company presents in concert this rarely produced musical farce about one man’s journey to find an inherited fortune in Monte Carlo. Directed by Jim Beaudry. Opens Nov. 30. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $35. To Dec. 9. The Music Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park. (847) 579-4900; musictheatrecompany.org.

THE OTHER CINDERELLA. Black Ensemble Theater presents its Afro-centric twist on the classic fairy tale. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Previews Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Opens Dec. 2. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $55-$65. To Jan. 13. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; blackensembletheater.org.

THE SCHOOL FOR LIES. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the comedy adapted from Moliere’s “The Misanthrope.” Directed by Barbara Gaines. Previews Dec. 4-12. Opens date. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $48-$78. To Jan. 20. Courtyard Theater at Chicago Shakespeare, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com.

TML: BEST OF 2012. The Neo-Futurists present the best comical, political, heartfelt and whimsical plays of 2012. Opens Nov. 30. Fri-Sat, 11:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $9-$20. To Dec. 9. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255; neofuturists.org.

WE THREE LIZAS. About Face Theatre blends classic Christmas tales with queer pop culture. Directed by Scott Ferguson. Previews Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Opens Dec. 2. Thu-Fri, 7 pm; Sat, 3, 7 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15-$25. To Dec. 23. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.

ONGOING

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. 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. (Recommended, Hedy Weiss)

ANNIE. The Paramount Theatre presents the musical tale of the little orphan girl with the heart of gold. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. 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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE ARSONISTS. Trap Door Theatre presents a sociological study of a society that refuses to question overt exploitation. Directed by Victor Quezada-Perez. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $20-$25. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (73) 384-0494; trapdoortheatre.com.

BAH, HUMBUG! Piccolo Theatre presents a reimagining of “A Christmas Carol,” panto-style, with merry songs, cross-dressing and magic. 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.

BEST MUSICAL! A COMPLETELY IMPROVISED MUSICAL COMEDY. Porchlight Music Theatre presents a new holiday edition of an old show conceived by Second City veteran Matthew Loren Cohen. Wed, 7:30 pm. $12-$15. To Dec. 26. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; porchlightmusictheatre.org.

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, Weiss)

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.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Goodman Theatre presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Directed by Steve Scott. 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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Drury Lane Children’s Theatre presents Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly Christmas Eve visits. Directed by Scott Calcagno. Days and times vary; breakfast with Santa available for certain performances. $12. To Dec. 22. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Charles Dickens classic comes to the Metropolis. Directed by Brad Dunn. Days and times vary. $15.50-$28.50. To Dec. 24. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.

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. 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.

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER. The Mercury Theater presents the family-friendly story of the Rouse Simmons, known as “The Christmas Tree Ship,” and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. Directed by. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; Sun, 1 pm. $29-$59. To Dec. 30. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com.

CINDERELLA. Broadway in Chicago presents Emerald City Theatre’s production of the classic children’s fairy tale. Directed by Ernie Nolan. Sat-Sun, 10 am. $16-$22. To Jan. 6. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

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

COMPANY. BrightSide Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical that explores the compexity of contemporary relationships. Directed by Jeffrey Cass. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $18-$24. To Dec. 9. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth, Naperville. (630) 637-7469; BrightSideTheatre.com.

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.

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.

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY. Victory Gardens presents a whimsical fable about finding success in what others deem as failure. Directed by Seth Bockley. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $35-$50. To Dec. 30. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; victorygardens.org. (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.

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.

THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago musical premiere of O. Henry’s holiday classic. Directed by Mark Lococo. 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. (Recommended, Weiss)

HANNUKATZ THE MUSICAL! National Pastime Theater presents “the only rock ‘n’ roll Hannukah musical on earth.” Directed by Shifra Werch. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To Dec. 30. Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th Floor. (773) 327-7077; npt2.com.

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)

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY. American Theater Company transforms its intimate space into an actual 1940s radio studio to tell Frank Capra’s classic story of one man’s affect on his community. Directed by Jason W. Gerace. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$40. To Dec. 30. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125; atcweb.org.

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. 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. (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 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. Closes Sat, 8 p.m. $15-$20. 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. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; closes Sun, 2 p.m. $18-$95. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. 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.

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)

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 NUTCRACKER. The House Theatre presents its fantastical version of this holiday classic, weaving dance, text and songs. Directed by Tommy Rapley. 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.

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. 16. 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.; closes Sun, 3 p.m. $15-$30. To Dec. 15. 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. (Highly recommended, Betty Mohr)

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 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. Dec. 26-Jan. 6 at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Mon, 4 pm; Thu, 4, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $39.95-$79.95. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. Fri, 7:30 pm; closes Sat, 7:30 p.m.. $25. 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.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES. Theater Wit presents David Sedaris’ anti-holiday show of a Christimas elf gone bad. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 7:30, 9:30 pm; Sun, 3, 7 pm. $18-$35. To Dec. 30. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; TheaterWit.org.

THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAYS IN THE HEIGHTS. The Second City returns to the suburbs with new skits and songs — and no holiday traditions are safe. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 9:30 pm; Sat, 7, 9:30 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $29.50-$34.50. To Jan. 4. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetroplisArts.com.

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. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; closes Sun, 2 p.m. $28-$103. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY. Just For Laughs Group and Mills Entertainment present a musical send-up of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book trilogy. Directed by Jim Millan. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $42.50-$52.50. To Dec. 19. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N Halsted. (773) 988-9000; ticketmaster.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 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. Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 7, 9:30 p.m.; closes Sun, 5 p.m. $32.50. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; theaterwit.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

WASTELAND. TimeLine 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)

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. 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. (Highly 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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