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The Guide — Theater Listings 04.05.13

Updated: April 7, 2013 1:08PM


BIG FISH. Broadway in Chicago presents a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film about the charismatic dreamer and teller of tall tales Edward Bloom and his troubled relationship with his son. Directed by Susan Stroman. Previews April 5-18. Opens April 19. Days and times vary. $33-$100. To May 5. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000;

THE ELEPHANT AND THE WHALE. Chicago Children’s Theatre in collaboration with Redmoon’s Frank Maugeri presents a family fable featuring sea voyages, wild mechanical objects, circus songs, panoramic paintings, puppetry and sound design. Directed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig and Frank Maugeri. Previews April 10-12, 10 am. Opens April 12, 7 pm. Tue, 10 am; Wed, 10 am, noon; Thu-Fri, 10 am, 6:30 pm; Sat, 11 am, 6 pm; Sun, 11am. $26-$36. To May 11. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. (872) 222-9555;

FOREVER PLAID. Fox Valley Rep presents the doo-wop hit featuring four-part-harmony jukebox tunes from the ’50s. Directed by Brandon Bruce. Preview 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;

HEAD OF PASSES. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents a world premiere based on the Biblical Book of Job. Directed by Tina Landau. Previews April 5-13. Opens April 14. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$78. To June 9. Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650;

HUGHIE. Seanachai Theatre Company presents Eugene O’Neill’s classic about a small-time Broadway hustler and his late-night run-in with the new hotel night clerk. Directed by Kevin Fox. Opens April 5. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To May 5. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. (866) 811-4111;

IN A GARDEN. A Red Orchid Theatre presents a story about beauty and what exactly constitutes beauty, as an American architect is summoned to the Middle East to construct “a thing of beauty.” Directed by Lou Contey. Previews April 5-7. Opens April 8. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. To May 19. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722;

MANIC PIXIE DREAMLAND. The Annoyance Theatre musically lampoons the cinematic type of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” with an all-female cast. Directed by Ryan McDermott. Opens April 6. Sat, 8 pm. $15-$20. To May 18. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665;

MARIA/STUART. Sideshow Theatre Company presents a dark comedy, with supernatural forces conspiring to bring family members to the brink of confronting their secrets. Directed by Marti Lyons. Opens April 5. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To May 5. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150;

THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION). Gorilla Tango presents the gender-reversal version of Neil Simon’s classic, with Florence Unger and Olive Madison inviting the girls over for a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit. Directed by Robert Bills. Opens April 5. Fri-Sat, 7 pm. $20. To June 1. Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. (847) 677-7761;

OLIVER! Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic musical version of Charles Dickens’ 19th century tale of a resourceful young orphan. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Previews April 5-7. Opens April 11. Wed, 1:30 pm; Thu, 1:30, 8 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$49. To June 2. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook. (630) 530-0111;

A PERMANENT IMAGE. LiveWire Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present a dysfunctional family drama set in small-town Idaho, as siblings arrive after years away, to bury the family patriarch. Directed by Joshua Aaron Weinstein. Preview April 5. Opens April 6. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $10. To May 5. The Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 533-4666;

QUESTING FOR SHANGRI-LA. The Annoyance Theatre presents a one-man show written by Scoop Skupien about the time he and his wife became homeless tramps as they searched the world for paradise. Directed by Joe Canale. Previews . Opens April 7. Sun, 8 pm. $8-$10. To May 15. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (73) 561-4665;

THE SILENT LANGUAGE. TUTA Theatre Chicago presents a darkly comic, musical fairy tale about a young village servant who gains the ability to understand the language of animals. Directed by Jacqueline Stone. Previews April 11-18. Opens April 19-20. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $15-$25. To May 19. TUTA Studio Theatre, 2010 W. Fulton. (800) 838-3006;

SOUTH PACIFIC. Marriott Theatre presents one of Broadway’s most beloved romantic musicals that centers on American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Directed by David H. Bell. Previews April 5-9. Opens April 10. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $40-$48. To June 2. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200;

STILL ALICE. Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the story of a professor who battles to preserve her independence while her mind and memory begin to fail her; based on the novel by Lisa Genova. Directed by Christine Mary Dunford. Previews April 10-19. Opens April 20. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 3, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $28-$70. To May 19. Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665;

THE WHALE. Victory Gardens presents a story about how we cope with loss, as an unhealthy, morbidly obese man tries to reconnect with his daughter after the death of his boyfriend. Directed by Joanie Schultz. Previews April 5-14. Opens April 15. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$60. To May 5. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000;


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;

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;

ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents the classic children’s tale of Alice and her adventures. Directed by Matt Raftery. Tue-Sat, 10 am. $15. To May 18. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200;

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; (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;

ASPECTS OF LOVE. Theo Ubique presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, based on Davis Garnett’s novella, which spans across 17 years weaving through increasing entanglements of relationships, conquests, betrayals and losses. Directed by Fred Anzevino. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $30-$59. To May 19. Theater Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 6970 N. Glenwood. (773) 347-1109; (Recommended, Weiss)

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 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;

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN. Broken Nose Theatre explores love, sex and relationships in this world premiere by artistic director Benjamin Brownson. Directed by Thomas Murray. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3, 7 pm. $15-$25. To April 21. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336.

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; (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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529;

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;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Broadway in Chicago presents the musical version of the hit film about world-class con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. Directed by Jack O’Brien. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fr, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $18-$85. To April 14. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000;

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; closes Sun, 4 pm. $20-$40. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; (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; closes Sun, 2 pm. $33-$50. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. Phone (773) 409-4125; (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; (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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THE CORAL KING. Chicago Playworks for Families and young Audiences presents “an ocean adventure for all ages,” featuring mermaids, a blue cat and an acrobatic octopus. Directed by Ann Wakefield. Tue & Thu, 10 am; Sat, 2 pm. $10. To May 25. DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-1999.

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;

DAWN QUIXOTE. The Building Stage puts a playful spin on its version of Cervantes’ classic. Directed by Blake Montgomery. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $5-$30. To April 27. The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter. (312) 491-1369; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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.

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;

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;

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. 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; (Recommended, Weiss)

THE EMPEROR’S NEW THREADS: A FASHION STATEMENT. Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents a musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s folk tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Directed by Frances Limoncelli. Sat-Sun, 11 am, 1 pm; $15. To April 28. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477;

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; (Recommended, Weiss)

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; (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;

HAUPTMANN. BoHo Theatre presents the story of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the man convicted and executed for kidnapping the Lindbergh baby in 1932. Directed by Steve Genovese. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $20. To April 21. BoHo Theatre at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood. (866) 811-4111; (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;

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;

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;

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; (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; (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. Closes Thu, 8 pm. $15. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665;

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. The Artistic Home presents Tennessee Williams’ story of a spiritually lost clergyman hoping to save himself and maybe some others at a Mexican hotel. Directed by Kathy Scambiatterra. Thu, 7:30; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $32. To May 5. The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand. (866) 811-4111; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

OTHELLO: THE REMIX. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a hip-hop version of the tragedy, with MC Othello escaping the ghetto and giving voice to the people of his ’hood. Directed by GQ and JQ. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$35. To April 28. Chicago Shakespeare Theater Upstairs, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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; (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, 2 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $14. Gorilla Tango Skokie, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549;

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;

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.

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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; (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; (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.

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.

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. $22-$37. To April 28. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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;

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 WORD PROGRESS ON MY MOTHER’S LIPS DOESN’T RING TRUE. Trap Door Theatre presents a tragicomic surrealist piece that delves into the pits of refugees’ psyches. Directed by Istvan K. Szabo. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $20-$35. To April 13. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494;

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