April 17, 2013 4:28PM
Brady Tutton (center) stars as the title character in "Oliver!" at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook. | Photo by Brett Beiner
Updated: May 20, 2013 6:15AM
ANDROMACHE. Anam Gan Ainm presents a story based on events from Greek mythology — the story of the widow of Trojan War hero Hector after she and her young son are taken captive by Pyrrhus, son of Hector’s killer Achilles. Directed by Gwendolyn Kelly-Masterton. Opens April 25. Days, times. $15 (pay what you can on April 25 and May 1). To May 1. Collaboraction Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor. (312) 226-9633; collaboraction.org; agatandromache.brownpapertickets.com.
ANYTHING GOES. Broadway in Chicago presents Roundabout Theatre Company’s touring production of the 1934 musical comedy that revolves around the passengers on a transatlantic cruise. Directed by Kathleen Marshall. Opens April 23. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $27-$95. To May 5. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.
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. Opens April 19. Days and times vary. $33-$100. To May 5. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.
BIG LOVE. Strawdog Theatre Company presents Charles Mee’s play based on Aeschylus’ “The Suppliants,” where a group of brides-to-be on the run face down their jilted grooms at an Italian villa. Directed by Matt Hawkins. Previews April 18-21. Opens April 22. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $28. To May 25. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.
CHUNKS: A ONE-WOMAN SHOW — BACK & BETTER THAN EVER! Stand-up comic Caitlin Bergh presents her one-woman show featuring stories about being yourself — “even if you are disgusting.” Opens April 20. Sat, 7:30 pm. $5. To May 11. Powell’s Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln. Phone number; website.
COLLECTED STORIES. American Blues Theater presents the live stage version of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ play that chronicles the relationship between a celebrated New York author and her young protege. Directed by Mary Ann and Jessica Thebus. Previews April 19-22. Opens April 25. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $10-$49. To May 19. Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. americanbluestheater.com.
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. Circle Theatre presents the post-World War I tale of a lonely soul who arrives at an Italian villa disguised as a handsome young prince, and for the first time experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life. Directed by Elizabeth Margolius. Previews April 20-23. Opens April 24. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $16-$32. To May 26. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252.
THE EXONERATED. Next Theatre Company and the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University present a show that follows six former Death Row prisoners whose convictions were reversed. Directed by Cat Miller. Opens April 19. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $10-$25. To May 5. Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston. (847) 491-7282; nexttheatre.org.
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES. Chicago Opera Theater in collaboration with Luna Negra Dance Theater presents Astor Piazzola’s production, which evokes Argentina’s “Dirty War,” the period between 1976 and 1983 when the country was governed by military juntas. Directed by Andreas Mitisek. Opens April 20, 7:30 pm; April 24, 26, 7:30 pm; April 28, 3 pm. $35-$125. To April 28. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. (312) 704-8414; chicagooperatheater.org.
NEXT FALL. AstonRep Theatre Company presents a story of modern romance that asks questions about commitment, love and faith. Directed by Derek Bertelsen. Preview April 25. Opens April 26. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $10-$20. To May 25. The BoHo Theatre @ Heartland Studio, 7016 N Glenwood. (773) 828-9129; astonrep.com.
THE PAJAMA GAME. The Music Theatre Company presents the musical story of Babe and Sid, who are struggling to fall in love as workers and management clash over money. Directed by Jess McLeod. Previews April 19-21. Opens April 25. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $27-$40. To May 19. Highland Park’s Equity Theatre, 1850 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park. (847) 579-4900; themusictheatrecompany.org.
PAL JOEY. Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Rodgers & Hart Broadway classic that chronicles the dirty deeds of charming cad Joey Evans, newly arrived in Chicago and working at a nightclub after being run out of St. Louis. Directed by Michael Weber. Previews April 20-22. Opens April 23. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $30-$39. To May 26. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 777-9884; stage773.com.
THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE. Eighty-Eight Entertainment presents storyteller and pianist Mona Golabek telling the true story of her mother, noted pianist and author Lisa Jura. Directed by Hershey Felder. Previews April 19-. Opens April 22. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $44-$49. To May 12. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000; theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.
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 12-18. 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; tutato.com.
SO I KILLED A FEW PEOPLE. The Annoyance Theatre presents a provocative show that tackles the issue of society’s appetite for violence and fascination with criminals. Directed by Pat McKenna. Opens April 25. Thu, 8 pm. $8-$12. To June 6. The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
SPAMALOT. Jedlicka Performing Arts Center presents the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Directed by Dante J. Orfei. Opens April 19. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $16-$18. To May 4. Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. (708) 656-1800; jpactheatre.com.
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. Preview April 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; lookingglasstheatre.org.
WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING. Theatre at the Center presents an intimate “play with music” that goes behind the scenes of the classic MGM film “Singin’ in the Rain.” Directed by William Pullinsi. Opens April 25. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2:30, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $38-$42. To June 2. Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255; TheatreAtTheCenter.com.
WIZARD QUEST. The Annoyance Theatre presents a musical adventure based on popular fantasy role-playing board games. Directed by Kellen Terrett. Preview April 26. Opens May 3. Fri, 8 pm. $15-$20. To June 14. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.
YELLOW MOON. Writers’ Theatre presents the story of Leila and Lee, a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, who learn they aren’t alone in the world the night they discover each other. Directed by Stuart Carden. Previews April 19-23. Opens April 24-25. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$60. To Aug.4. Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.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. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
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; MarriottTheatre.com.
AMERICAN IDIOT. Broadway in Chicago presents the raucous, politically charged rock musical featuring the music of Green Day. Directed by Michael Mayer. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $18-$85. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Somewhat recommended, Thomas Conner)
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; theo-u.org. (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; MercuryTheaterChicago.com. (Recommended, Weiss)
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. 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; steppenwolf.org. (Highly receommended, Weiss)
BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL. Black Ensemble Theater presents the 8th annual festival that brings new scripts to the stage for performance readings. Schedule (all performances 7:30 pm): April 18, “For Alice and August,” a drama, by Loy Webb; April 19, “Savage,” a drama, by Leonard M. Ferris; April 20, “The Holidays,” a musical, by Katrina Miller; April 21, BPI Shorties, 10-minute plays directed by Lyle Miller. $15 per night; $50 for festival pass. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; blackensemble.org.
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-$99. Open run. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. (773) 348-4000; blueman.com/chicago. (Recommended, Hedy Weiss)
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)
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)
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. Chopin Theater 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352; the-hypocrites.com.
DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Kokandy Productions presents the tale of two strangers who upon meeting in a bar wrestle with their personal and shared inner demons. Directed by K. Hannah Friedman. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $28. To April 28. Athenaeum Theatre, 2636 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; athenaeumtheatre.org.
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; buildingstage.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. Metropolis presents the dramatization of the journal of a ewish girl hiding the Nazis during World War II. Directed by Brian Rabinowitz. Mon-Wed, 9:30, 11:30 am; Thu, 9:30, 11:30 am, 7:30 pm; Fri, 9:30, 11:30 am; Sun, 11 am. $12-$14. To April 26. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.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.
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.
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. 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; chicagochildrenstheatre.org. (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 May 5. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.
FOREVER PLAID. Fox Valley Rep presents the doo-wop hit featuring four-part-harmony jukebox tunes from the ’50s. Directed by Brandon Bruce. 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.
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. 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. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
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. BoHo Theatre at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood. (866) 811-4111; BoHoTheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
HEAD OF PASSES. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents a world premiere based on the Biblical Book of Job. Directed by Tina Landau. 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; steppenwolf.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To May 5. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. (866) 811-4111; seanachai.org.
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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. To May 19. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722; aredorchidtheatre.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.
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.
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. Sat, 8 pm. $15-$20. To May 18. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.
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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To May 5. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; sideshowtheatre.org.
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)
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; theartistichome.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. Fri-Sat, 7 pm. $20. To June 1. Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. (847) 677-7761; gorillatango.com.
OLIVER! Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic musical version of Charles Dickens’ 19th century tale of a resourceful young orphan. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. 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; drurylane.com. (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 June 15. Chicago Shakespeare Theater Upstairs, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $10. To May 5. The Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 533-4666; livewirechicago.com.
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.
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. Sun, 8 pm. $8-$10. To May 15. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (73) 561-4665; theannoyance.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. 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.
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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. 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; MarriottTheatre.com. (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; firstfolio.org.
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. -The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071; thegifttheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. 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; victorygardens.org. (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)