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The Guide — Theater Listings 12.28.12


ALLOTMENT ANNIE. InFusion Theatre presents the world premiere of Mark Mason’s World War II story, which follows a dashing Air Force pilot and a timid and beautiful bartender who start a war profiteering scheme that quickly turns to sex, betrayal and murder. Directed by Bridgette Harney. Previews Jan. 3-4. Opens Jan. 5. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To Feb. 3. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (773) 528-9696;

FILLET OF SOLO FESTIVAL. Lifeline Theatre partners with eight Chicago storytelling collectives in celebration of the form. They include: 2nd Story; EnSolo; GayCo; the kates; Lifeline Storytelling Project; Stir Friday Night; Story Club, Sweat Girls and Write Club. Opens Jan. 3. Thu-Sat, 7, 8:30 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $10 single tickets; $30 for festival pass. To Jan. 20. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood; Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477;

THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Stephen Adly Guirgis’ hit play about a recovering alcoholic who finds another man’s hat in his and his girlfriend’s apartment. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Previews Dec. 28-Jan. 5. Opens Jan. 6. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$86. To March 3. Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650;

CHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL. Stage 773 presents the best in local, national and international sketch comedy. Opens Jan. 3. Thu, 8,9, 10 pm; Fri, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 pm; Sat, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 pm; Sun, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 pm. $14-$15. To Jan. 13. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252;


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; closes Sun, 1, 5 pm. $34.90-$46.90. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666; (Highly recommended, Hedy Weiss)

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 BOOK OF MORMON. Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning musical by the folks behind TV’s “South Park” and Broadway’s “Avenue Q.” Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $45-$115. To June 2. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. (800) 775-2000; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Goodman Theatre presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Directed by Steve Scott. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 2, 8 pm. $21.50-$65. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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 L. Walter Stearns. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 1 pm. $29-$59. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700;

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; (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. Closes Dec. 31. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200;

DINNER WITH THE FAMILY. The Family Shoe Players presents an interactive dinner experience set in a 1930s Chicago pizzeria and featuring a five-course Italian meal. Directed by Paolina Cimino. Fridays, 6 p.m. cocktails/appetizers, show at 7. Attendees encouraged to dress in 1930s attire. $60 (parking is free). Open run. Knew, 2556 W. Fullerton.

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. Closes Sat, 10:30 pm. $20. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549;

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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $35-$50. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

FAITH HEALER. The Den Theatre presents a remount of TurnAround Theatre’s original production of Brian Friel’s story of the life and times of Frank Hardy, an itinerant Irish healer. Directed by J.R. Sullivan. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $28. To Jan. 20. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee.

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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th Floor. (773) 327-7077;

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 Jan. 27. The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815; (Recommended, Weiss)

THE HYPOCRITES’ GILBERT & SULLIVAN REP. The Hypocrites presents both the “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado. Directed by Sean Graney. “Pirates”: Sat, 3 pm; Sun, 7:30 pm. “Mikado”: Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28. To Jan. 19. The Hyporites at Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352;

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.; (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; closes Sun, 2 pm. $25-$40. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125;

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;

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. Fri, Mon, 11 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Closes Dec. 31. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336;

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.

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; (Highly 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;

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; (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; (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. Closes Dec. 31. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; (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; closes Sun, 3, 7 pm. $25-$. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (773) 769-3832;

OLIVER! Light Opera Works presents the musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic, with a full 26-piece orchestra. Directed by Rudy Hogenmiller. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat-Sun, 2, 8 pm; closes Mon, 8 pm. $32-$94. Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. (847) 920-5360.

THE OTHER CINDERELLA. Black Ensemble Theater presents its Afro-centric twist on the classic fairy tale. Directed by Jackie Taylor. 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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

PURPLE HEART. Redtwist Theatre presents a dark comedy/drama about the familial love and hate that defies description and expectation. Directed by Jimmy McDermott. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. To Jan. 27. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 N. Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529;

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.

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. New York City’s Rockettes bring new scenes and costumes to this year’s all new production of its annual holiday extravaganza. Dates and time vary. $47.70-$102.55. Closes Dec. 30. Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. (847) 671-5100;

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; closes Sun, 3, 7 pm. $18-$35. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150;

THE SCHOOL FOR LIES. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the comedy adapted from Moliere’s “The Misanthrope.” Directed by Barbara Gaines. 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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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;

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; (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. Closes Fri, 10 p.m. $15-$20. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665;

STRIP OF THE TONGUE: A STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango presents an exploration of everything burlesque. Directed by Megan Francomb. Fri, 9 pm. $15. To Jan. 5. Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (847) 677-7761;

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.; closes Mon. $50. Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted.(773) 704-6000;

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.

THE UNVEILING / DOZENS OF COUSINS. The Trap Door Theatre presents Vaclav Havel’s humorous commentary of a marginalized man taunted with the life he could be living; plus . Directed by Beata Pilch. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20-$25. To Jan. 26. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494;

WAR HORSE. Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning play that was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm; various 2 pm matinees. $67-$97. To Jan. 5. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (312) 977-1700; (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.; closes Sun, 2 p.m. $32-$42. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463; (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.; closes Sun, 2 p.m. $32-$42. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342;

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