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The Guide — Theater Listings 05.03.13

OPENING

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS. Raven Theatre presents Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical story about growing up in Brooklyn in the years before World War II. Directed by Cody Estle. Previews May 3-4. Opens May 6. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$45. To June 29. Raven Theatre’s East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.com.

HENRY VIII. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents for the first time ever the story of England’s most opulent king. Directed by Barbara Gaines. Previews May 3-7. Opens May 8. 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 June 16. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com.

IVYWILD: THE TRUE TALL TALES OF BATHHOUSE JOHN. The Hypocrites presents a story based on a true Chicago story about a guy determined to build an amusement park in the mountains of Colorado. Directed by Halena Kays. Previews May 3. Opens May 4. Mon, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28. To June 16. The Hypocrites at Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. (773) 525-5991; the-hypocrites.com.

LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents a story inspired by Greek tragedy, where an American expatriot pursues his passions on a Greek island — until his blissful life is interrupted by the arrival of an ex-lover. Directed by Ronan Marra. Preview May 3. Opens May 4. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To June 8. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 Berenice. (773) 698-7389; signalensemble.com.

LEAR. Red Tape Theatre presents a whimsical and disturbing look at “King Lear” — without King Lear. The children run the show in this production, and Big Bird makes an appearance. Directed by James D. Palmer. Previews May 9-11. Opens May 12. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15-$25. To June 22. Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. redtapetheatre.org.

MASCOT. Found Objects Theatre Group presents a tragi-comedy about a man estranged from his family who tries to get around the restraining order keeping him from his son’s high school football games. Directed by Kevlyn Hayes. Preview May 3. Opens May 4. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15. To May 26. Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. (773) 800-9479; brownpapertickets.com.

ORANGE FLOWER WATER. BareBones Theatre Group and Interrobang Theatre Project present a drama about the complications that arise as two marriages are on the verge of falling apart. Directed by James Yost. Previews May 9-10. Opens May 11. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30 pm. $25. To June 9. Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; RavenTheatre.com.

THE REVELETTES ’60s GO-GO SPECTACULAR. Prop Thtr presents a musical tribute inspired by the dance shows and variety hours of the early 1960s. Opens May 4. Sat, 10:30 pm. $15. To May 25. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston. (773) 539-7838; propthtr.org.

STELLA & LOU. Northlight Theatre presents an exploration of friendship, forgiveness and the longing for companionship that grows with the passage of time; starring Rhea Perlman, Francis Guinan and Ed Flynn. Directed by BJ Jones. Previews May 3-9. Opens May 10. 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. $15-$72. To June 9. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org.

TRUMBO—RED, WHITE AND BLACKLISTED. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents this homage to Dalton Trumbo, the famously blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, written by Trumbo’s son, Christopher. Directed by Kurt Naebig. Opens May 3. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$33. To May 19. Building K Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-4000; AtTheMAC.org.

WIZARD QUEST. The Annoyance Theatre presents a musical adventure based on popular fantasy role-playing board games. Directed by Kellen Terrett. Opens May 3. Fri, 8 pm. $15-$20. To June 14. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.

ONGOING

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.

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. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $27-$95. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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)

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.

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. Days and times vary. Closes Sunday. $33-$100. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com. (Recommended, Weiss)

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $28. To May 25. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.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)

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.” Sat, 7:30 pm. $5. To May 11. Powell’s Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln.

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $10-$49. To May 19. Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. americanbluestheater.com.

COMPLETENESS. Theater Wit presents a romantic comedy, where modern romance is more complex than any scientific problem. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $18-$36. 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.

CORE OF THE PUDEL: GUTTING THE LEGEND OF FAUST. Trap Door Theatre guts the ancient German legend of Faust to get to the core of the quandary: How do you measure the value of a person’s soul? Directed by Thom Pasculli. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $10-$25. To June 2. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494; trapdoortheatre.com.

THE CREDITORS. Remy Bumppo Theatre presents August Strindberg’s “sexy, twisting tale of psychological manipulation and revenge. Directed by Sandy Shinner. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2:30, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $27.50-$42.50. To June 2. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; remybumppo.org. (Recommended, Weiss)

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)

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $16-$32. To May 26. 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. 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. Closes Sunday. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.

AN EVENING OF BECKETT: KRAPP’S LAST TAPE & SAM AND RICK. Shattered Globe Theatre presents Chicago actor/playwright and Beckett protege Rick Cluchey in two solo performances. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$28. To May 12. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; shatteredglobe.org.

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. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $10-$25. Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston. (847) 491-7282; nexttheatre.org.

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.

THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST. The Goodman Theatre presents the story of two cousins — one an Iraq War veteran who becomes an action film hero; the other spending her days helping the hungry and homeless in her crumbling community. Directed by Edward Torres. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $27.50-$42.50. To May 12. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org. (Somewhat 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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25. 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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. 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)

NEXT FALL. AstonRep Theatre Company presents a story of modern romance that asks questions about commitment, love and faith. Directed by Derek Bertelsen. 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 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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $32. 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)

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. 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. 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. (Recommended, Weiss)

A PART OF THE GAME. Curious Theatre Branch presents a look at winning, losing and living as a group of people wrestle with tough and tender memories of the sporting life. Written by Matt Rieger. Sat-Sun, 7 pm. $15 or pay what you can. To June 2. A House Unbuilt, 1802 W. Berteau. curioustheatrebranch.com.

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; closes Sun, 2 pm. $10. The Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. (312) 533-4666; livewirechicago.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. 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. (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.

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.

REALITY CHECK. MPAACT presents a sketch comedy show that takes a look at our plugged-in world. Directed by Kevin Douglas and Marie Cisco. Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$23. To June 2. Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; mpaact.org.

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 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. 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.

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)

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. Thu, 8 pm. $8-$12. To June 6. The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

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)

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. Fri, 7:30 pm; closes Sat, 7:30 pm. $16-$18. 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. 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.(Highly recommended, Weiss)

TEA WITH EDIE AND FITZ. Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents a drama that chronicles the meeting of literary icons Edity Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald at Wharton’s estate. Directed by Jim Schneider. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2:30, 7:30 pm, Sun, 2:30 pm. $15-$30. To June 9. Greenhouse Theater Complex, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; deadwriters.net.

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, closes Mon, 8 pm. $5-$10. 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.

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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $20-$60. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; victorygardens.org. (Recommended, Weiss)

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. 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.

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)

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. 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.



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