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The Guide — Theater Listings 01.11.13

SyeshMercado (left) Ben Platt second national tour 'The Book Mormon.' | © Joan Marcus 2012

Syesha Mercado (left) and Ben Platt in the second national tour of "The Book of Mormon." | © Joan Marcus, 2012

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Updated: January 11, 2013 2:58PM


THE ALIENS. A Red Orchid Theatre presents Annie Baker’s story of a couple of slackers who philosophize of life as life passes by, and the young barista who happens into their lives. Directed by Shade Murray. Previews Jan. 17-20. Opens Jan. 22. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. To March 3. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722;

AMERICAN WEE-PIE. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble presents the story of a disenfranchised editor returning to his small Midwestern hometown to bury his mother, which leads him on a path to self-discovery. Directed by Megan Carney. Previews Jan. 11-13. Opens Jan. 14. Thu-Fri, 8 pm Sat, 4, 8 pm. $15-$30. To Feb. 16. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge. (773) 334-7728;

BEAUTIFUL THING. Pride Films and Plays presents a 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s story of two teenage boys coming to grips with their sexuality. Directed by John Nasca. Previews Jan. 17-18. Opens Jan. 19. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15-$25. To Feb. 17. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875;

BOY GETS GIRL. Raven Theatre presents Rebecca Gilman’s dark thriller about obession and desperation. Directed by Cody Estle. Previews Jan. 15-19. Opens Jan. 20. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30 pm. $20-$45. To March 2. Raven Theatre West Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177;

BUD, NOT BUDDY. Chicago Children’s Theatre presents a live version of Christopher Paul Curtis’ award-winning children’s book about an African-American orphan searching for his father. Directed by Derrick Sanders. Previews Jan. 12-17. Opens Jan. 18. Tue-Wed, 10 am; Thu-Fri, 10 am, 6:30 pm; Sat, 2, 6 pm; Sun, 11 am. $20-$36. To Feb. 24. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. (872) 222-9555;

CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST. Timeline Theatre presents a provocative examination of the American fascination with the exotic and distant far east, evoking themes related to photography, art, desire, forgery and perception. Directed by Lisa Portes. Previews Jan. 15-23. Opens Jan. 25. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $22-$42. To April 14. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463;

FLARE PATH. Griffin Theatre Company presents a drama based on playwright Terence Rattigan’s wartime experience as a member of the Royal Air Force in the early 1940s. Directed by Robin Witt. Previews Jan. 6-13. Opens Jan. 14. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$32. To Feb. 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (73) 975-8150;

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING. Mercury Theater presents the Broadway musical revue that features more than 30 songs from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, such as “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and more. Directed by Kevin Bellie. Previews Jan. 17-19. Opens Jan. 20. Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$59. To March 10. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700;

THE MUSIC MAN. Paramount Theatre presents the classic muscical about the man who stirs up trouble in River City, Iowa. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Previews, Jan. 16-17. Opens Jan. 18. 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 Feb. 3. Paramount Tehatre, 23 Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666;

THE MYSTERY OF THE PIRATE GHOST. Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents a live version of Geoffrey Hayes’ children’s book. Directed by Paul S. Holmquist. Previews Jan. 12-13. Opens Jan. 13. Sat-Sun, 11 am, 1 pm. $15. To Feb. 17. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477;

NOW & FOREVER: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Marriott Theatre presents a world premiere tribute to the man who brought to some of the most beloved musicals to the theater: “Evita,” “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and more. Directed by Marc Robin. Previews Jan. 16-22. Opens Jan. 23. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $40-$48. To March 17. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200;

OTHER DESERT CITIES. The Goodman presents a drama about a family pushed to the brink when a devastating family secret is unearthed. Directed by Henry Wishcamper. Previews Jan. 12-21. Opens Jan. 22. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $25-$86. To Feb. 17. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800;

RHINOCEROS THEATRE FESTIVAL. Chicago’s longest-lived fring festival is in its 24th year, featuring performances by Curious Theatre Branch, Boy Girl Boy Girl, Neofuturists, Ruckus Theatre, Bruised Orange, Whiskey Rebellion, The Billy Goat Experiment, Sweetback Productions, Brain Surgeons, Realize Theatre Project and more. Opens Jan. 12. Thu-Mon, times vary. $15 or pay what you can. To Feb. 17. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston. (773) 492-1287;

SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE... MadKap Productions presents a one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s that explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us but the side effects. Directed by Wayne Mell. Previews Jan. 4-10. Opens Jan. 11. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To Feb. 10. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336;

SKYLIGHT. Court Theatre presents David Hare’s chamber play about a schoolteacher and her former lover, who in trying to rekindle their passion, find themselves at odds. Directed by William Brown. Previews Jan. 11-18. Opens Jan. 19. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sat, 3 pm, Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $35-$65. To Feb. 10. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. Phone number; website.

THERE’S A GIRL IN MY SOUP. Metropolis presents the romantic comedy involving a famous, womanizing chef and the woman who challenges his every move. Directed by David Belew. Previews Jan. 17-19. Opens Jan. 20. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28-$44. To Feb. 23. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell. (847) 577-2121;

THE UNDERPANTS. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy farce concerning a wardrobe malfunction. Directed by Amelia Barrett. Preview Jan. 17. Opens Jan. 18. Tue-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$33. To Feb. 3. Building K Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-4000;


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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To Feb. 3. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (773) 528-9696;

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 brings back this silly, sexy zombie-filled romp. Directed by K Leo. Fri, 9 pm. $$. To Jan. 25. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549;

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)

CHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL. Stage 773 presents the best in local, national and international sketch comedy. 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. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252;

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.

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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. 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 FINAL BALLOON. The Annoyance revamps “The Tragedy of Balloon Boy or Your Butt,” set in a bar that is home to a ragtag band of drunks who gather there each year at the same date and time. Directed by Charley Carroll. Sat, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Feb. 23. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665;

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)

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;

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)

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)

THE MOTHER------ 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. 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;

THE OTHER CINDERELLA. Black Ensemble Theater presents its Afro-centric twist on the classic fairy tale. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $55-$65. 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.

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 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)

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. Fri, 8:30 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8:30 p.m.; Sun, 2, 6 p.m. $20-$45. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook. (630) 530-0111; (Recommended, Weiss)

TEN. Gift Theatre brings back its annual free presentation of 10 world-premiere 10-minute plays. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. Free. To Jan. 20. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071;

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;

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)

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