Updated: March 22, 2013 9:12PM
ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents the classic children’s tale of Alice and her adventures. Directed by Matt Raftery. Previews March 22. Opens March 23. Tue-Sat, 10 am. $15. To May 18. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; MarriottTheatre.com.
BARNUM. Mercury Theater presents a circus-themed musical that traces the life and loves of entertainment impresario Phineas Taylor Barum. Directed by L. Walter Stearns. Previews March 27-April 3. Opens April 4. Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$59. To June 16. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; MercuryTheaterChicago.com.
BEAUTIFUL BROKEN. Broken Nose Theatre explores love, sex and relationships in this world premiere by artistic director Benjamin Brownson. Directed by Thomas Murray. Previews March 23-28. Opens March 29. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3, 7 pm. $15-$25. To April 21. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.
DAWN QUIXOTE. The Building Stage puts a playful spin on its version of Cervantes’ classic. Directed by Blake Montgomery. Previews March 22-24. Opens March 25. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $5-$30. To April 27. The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter. (312) 491-1369; buildingstage.com.
THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY. Profiles Theatre presents the story of how a school moves on after the sudden death of a beloved student. Directed by Joe Jahraus. Opens March 22. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35-$40. To April 14. Profiles Theatre’s Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org.
FOREVER PLAID. Fox Valley Rep presents the doo-wop hit featuring four-part-harmony jukebox tunes from the ’50s. Directed by Brandon Bruce. Previews March 28-April 5. Opens April 6. Thu, 2, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $20-$42. To May 19. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342; foxvalleyrep.org.
LA BELLEZA DE CUBA. Giordano Dance Chicago premieres a new work by choreographer to the stars Liz Imperio. March 22-23, 7:30 pm. $15-$60. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. (312) 334-7777; harristheaterchicago.org.
PEDRO PARAMO. The Goodman Theatre presents the world premiere of the magical realism tale of a son who returns home to meet his father and reveals how on man’s unchecked appetite destroys everything he loves. Directed by Flora Lauten. Previews March 22-23. Opens March 24. $14-$32. To March 31. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org.
UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL. First Folio Theatre presents the story of a Dutch librarian who opens a book returned 113 years overdue and finds a ticket for a Chinese laundry in London, which leads her on a mystery quest. Directed by Alison C. Vesely. Previews March 27. Opens March 30. Days, times. $22-$37. To April 28. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067; firstfolio.org.
ACCOMPLICE. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents a comic murder mystery. Directed by Robin M. Hughes. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fr, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28-$36. To April 21. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
THE AFTER PARTY. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents a lineup of late-night, cross-genre performances during Garage Rep 2013, including Salonathon, Paper Mice, Spektral Quartet, Shannon Matesky, Route 66 Theatre Company, the City Life Supplement and Windy City Soul Club. Curated by Jacob Padron. Thu, 11 pm. $5. To April 18. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
ALWAYS SATURDAY. Prop Thtr presents the story of a man whose troubles are just beginning when he signs up as a test subject in a trial for a new disigner drug still awaiting FDA approval. Directed by Shannon Evans. Fri, 10 pm; closes Sat. $20. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (773) 539-7838; propthtr.org.
AN AMERICAN STORY FOR ACTOR AND ORCHESTRA. Eighty-Eight Entertainment presents Hershey Felder’s newest production, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day. Directed by Trevor Hay. Wed-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $60. To April 14. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000; theroyalgeorgetheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Hedy Weiss)
ANALOG. The Neo-Futurists explore the world of fate as it pertains to writers and writing. Directed by Tif Harrison. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. To April 6. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255; neofuturists.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.
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Steppenwolf presents Harold Pinter’s darkly comic tale, starring Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris, John Mahoney, Marc Grapey and Sophia Sinise. Directed by Austin Pendleton. Days, times vary. $20-$78. To April 28. Stppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org. (Highly receommended, Weiss)
BLUE MAN GROUP. The show’s creators have cleverly updated the production with new wizardry while retaining its essential mindset. Days and times vary. $49-$69. Open run. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. (800) 982-2787. (Recommended, Hedy Weiss)
A BODY OF WATER. Redtwist Theatre presents a mysterious drama where a middle-age couple don’t know who they are upon awakening every day. Directed by Mary Reynard. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To April 7. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529; redtwist.org.
BOOBS AND GOOMBAS: A SUPER MARIO BROS. BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango presents a sexy, burlesque sendup of the famous Mario Bros. video game.. Directed by Jeremy Eden. Sat, 11:59 pm. $35; 18 and over. To May 25. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.
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 Sept. 8. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
BREWED. The Ruckus and Tympanic Theatre presents an all-female cast about six sisters who must stir a pot all day, every day, in effect stirring up themes of sacrifice and obligation. Directed by Anna C. Bahow. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 7 pm. $17. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; theaterwit.org.
CADRE. Chicago Shakepeare and the Market Theatre present South African artist Omphile Molusi’s play inspired by true events in the life of an activist during and after Apartheid. Directed by Omphile Molusi. Fri, 7:30 pm; closes Sat, 2, 7:30 pm. $20. Chicago Shakespeare Theater Upstairs, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THE CITY & THE CITY. Lifeline Theatre presents a crime story set in a fantastical location where two city-states are geographically close but separated by ireeconcilable cultural differences. Directed by Dorothy Milne. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $20-$40. To April 7. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)
COLUMBINUS. American Theater Company presents the story of Columbine High School, with new material from rent interviews with survivors of the the shootings, victims’ families and residents of Littleton, Colo. Directed by PJ Paparelli. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $33-$50. To April 7. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. Phone (773) 409-4125; atcweb.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
COMPLETENESS. Theater Wit presents a romantic comedy, where modern romance is more complex than any scientific problem. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $18-$36. To May 4. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; TheaterWit.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. 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; timelinetheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
CORIOLANUS. The Hypocrites presents Shakespeare’s tragic tale of the legendary Roman leader. Directed by Geoff Button. Mon, Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28. To April 23. Chopin Theater 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352; the-hypocrites.com.
DIAL WITH A SMILE! AN OFFICE MUSICAL. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a debut musical by Robert Francis Curtis and D.J. Douglass, about co-workers in a plastics company struggling to make sense of life, love and a failing economy. The show will run simultaneously at both Gorilla Tango locations. Thu, 7:30 pm (in Bucktown); Fri, 7:30 pm (Skokie). $15. To March 29. Bucktown theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee; Skokie theater, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.
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. Saturdays, 7 p.m. cocktails/appetizers, show at 8. Attendees encouraged to dress in 1930s attire. $60 (parking is free). Open run. Renaldi’s Pizza, 2827 N. Broadway. dwtfam.bpt.me.
DON’T BLINK: A DOCTOR WHO BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango presents a sexy, comic romp through doctors Who past and present. Directed by Katherine Siegel. Fri, 9 pm. $35; 18 and over. To May 31. Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.
DOO WOP SHOO BOP. Black Ensemble Theater presents a melodic look at the doo wop era, which featured groupls such as the Platters, the Drifters and the Chantels. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $45-$65. To March 31. Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; BlackEnsembleTheater.org.
DR. SEUSS’ CAT IN THE HAT and FROG PRINCE, CONTINUED. Emerald City opens two children’s shows to run in repertory. Directed by Ernie Nolan. Days and times vary. $13-$16. To June 2. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100; EmeraldCityTheatre.com.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. Next Theatre Company presents a stage adapataion of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a man’s search for the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Directed by Devon De Mayo. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$40. To April 14. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 475-1875; nexttheatre.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
THE FALL OF HEAVEN. Congo Square Theatre presents the stage adaptation of Walter Mosley’s “The Tempest Tales.” Directed by Daniel Bryant. $35. Closes Sunday.Congo Square Theatre, 4529 N. Beacon. (773) 296-1108; congosquaretheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Paramount Theatre presents the classic Broadway musical where the milkman Tevye tries to maintain tradition in his family. Directed by Jim Corti. 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; ParamountAurora.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY. Theatre at the Center presents an homage to the great English farces of the 1930s and ’40s, filled with mistaken indentity, high-stakes wagering and other over-the-top shenanigans. Directed by William Pullinsi. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2:30, 4, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2:30 pm. $38-$42. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255; TheatreAtTheCenter.com. (Highly recommended, Betty Mohr)
FROM DOO WOP TO HIP HOP. Black Ensemble Theater presents the story of the people who live in the affluent, integrated neighborhood of Unison Hills, made up of people from the music industry. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $45-$65. To April 24. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; blackensemble.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
GARAGE REP 2013. Steppenwolf presents its fourth annual series, featuring the following shows in rotating repertory: “See What I Wanna See,” directed by Lili-Anne Brown (Bailiwick); “She Kills Monsters,” directed by Scott Weinstein (Buzz22 Chicago); “BlackTop Sky,” directed by Cassy Sanders (Theatre Seven). Wed-Fri, 8 pm; Sat-Sun, 4, 8 pm. $20 for single play; $40 for three-play pass. To April 21. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
GJENGANGER. Akvavit Theatre presents two Chicago and one U.S. premiere by Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse. The three short plays will be presented in rotation (two per night; all three on Sundays): “Winter,” directed by Paul S. Holmquist; “Autumn Dream,” directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch; “A Summer’s Day,” directed by Wm. Bullion. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $15-$22. DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. akvavittheatre.org.
GOD OF CARNAGE. BrightSide Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning comedy about two sets of parents meeting to deal with the unruly behavior of their children. Directed by Derek Bertelsen. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $20-$24. Madden Theatre at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469; BrightSideTheatre.com.
JEKYLL & HYDE. “American Idol” and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis stars in the musical stage version of the classic tale of good and evil. Directed by Jeff Calhoun. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $33-$95. To March 24. Cadillac Palace, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.
JULIUS CAESAR. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a present-day staging of Shakespeare’s tale of political conspiracy, assassination and civil unrest. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2, 6 pm. $48-$78. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5633; chicagoshakes.com. (Recommended, Weiss)
KILL SHAKESPEARE. Strawdog Theatre Company brings pits your favorite Shakespeare heroes against his most menacing villains in an epic adventure. Directed by Anderson Lawfer. Sun, noon; Mon, 8 pm; closes Tue, 8 pm. $15. Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.
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.
THE LA RONDE PROJECT. Street Tempo Theatre presents three plays running in repertory: “La Ronde,” directed by Tim Curtis; “The Blue Room,” directed by Brian Posen and Cody Spellman; “F**king Men,” directed by Scott Olsen. Days, times vary. $28; $60 for all three. To April 14. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; Stage773.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.
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.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE. The Goodman Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story of vice and virtue set amid a 1970s New York City backdrop. Directed by Robert Falls. $25-$86. To April 14. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
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)
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 Sept. 1. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)
MY SO-CALLED AFTERLIFE. The Annoyance Theatre presents an original musical that shows that “in heaven, being a teenager can be boring as hell.” Directed by Tim Paul. Thu, 8 pm. $15. To April 11. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.
THE PEOPLE’S PASSION PLAY. Quest Theatre Ensemble presents a musical chronicling of the creation of the universe and key biblical events through the Passion and Resurrection. Directed by James T. Scott III. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Free; donations accepted. To March 31. Blue Theater, 1609 W. Gregory. (312) 458-0895; questensemble.com.
PROOF. Court Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about love and loss, as a genius mathematician and University of Chicago professor dies, leaving his brilliant but emotionally fragile daughter to pick up the pieces of her life. Directed by Charles Newell. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $35-$65. To April 14. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472; CourtTheatre.org. (Highly 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.
REALLY ROSIE. A Squared Theatre Workshop presents the story of a precocious city girl who uses her imagination and charm to turn 12 boring ours into a fascinating day. Book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak; music by Carole King. Directed by Ghuon “Max” Chung. Sat-Sun, 2 pm. $14. To April 7. Gorilla Tango Skokie, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.
RED HAMLET. Red Theater presents an energized version of the Shakespeare tragedy that uses every element of stage performance, merging vaudeville, dance and poetry in a modern text. Directed by Aaron Sawyer. Previews Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$28. To April 21. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; Stage773.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.
SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents an intro to the bard via a 75-minute abridged version of the story of young lovers. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Closes Sat, 11 am. $16-$20. Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand; chicagoshakes.com.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER. SJCChicago LLC presents the return of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s production of the critically acclaimed musical revue. Directed by Brenda Didier. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $25-$46.50. To May 26. Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000; smokeyjoescafechicago.com.
A SOLDIER’S PLAY. Raven Theatre presents a story about race, as an Army captain comes to a segregated World War II-era Louisiana Army base to investigate a murder. Directed by Michael Menendian. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$45. To March 30. Raven Theatre East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
SPEAKING IN TONGUES. Interrobang Theatre Project presents a provocative production where four actors portray nine characters caught in a destructive web of coincidence, betrayal, desire and obsession. Directed by Jeffry Stanton. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. theaterwit.org.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Northlight Theatre presents the story of a couple of small-town Irishmen who hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their little village. Directed by J.R. Sullivan. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2:30, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7 pm. $25-$72. To April 14. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
SUNSET BOULEVARD. Drury Lane Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on Billy Wilder’s film about faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Directed by William Osetek. Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; closes Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$45. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
SWEET CHARITY. Writers’ Theatre presents Neil Simon’s tale of optimism set to music. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$70. To April 14. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA. Barrel of Monkeys presents a Sunday matinee series featuring stories written by children, plus live action video game adventures. Directed by Molly Brennan. Sun, 2 pm, Mon, 8 pm. $5-$10. To May 6. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (312) 409-1954; barrelofmonkeysorg.
THINGS FALL APART: A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE MUSICAL. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a new zombified show where three friends try to save theo world from the undead. Sat, 11:30 pm. $20. To March 30. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.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.
25 SAINTS. Pine Box Theater Company presents a drama set in Appalachia, where there are no jobs, no prospects and no hope. Directed by Susan E. Bowen. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7, 10 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To March 31. Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln; greenhousetheater.org. (Not recommended, Weiss)
VIGILS. The Gift Theatre presents a darkly comic one-act play that explores the challenges of loss, love and letting go. Directed by Erica Weiss. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $25-$30. To April 21. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071; thegifttheatre.org.
WHEN ANGELS WEPT. New Lincoln Theatre presents the semi-fictitious account of the 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School. Directed by Gerald H. Bailey. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To April 17. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (800) 838-3006; newlincolntheatre.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 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)