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The Guide — Theater Listings 09.28.12

Updated: September 30, 2012 1:52PM



OPENING

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Bailiwick Chicago Theater launches its 2012-13 season with a rock musical that follows the story of America’s first political maverick. Directed by Scott Ferguson. Previews Oct. 4-6. Opens Oct. 11. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 6 pm. $15-$30. To Nov. 10. National pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th Floor. bailiwickchicago.com.

THE CATHOLIC REPERTORY: DOUBT AND AGNES OF GOD. American Theater Company pairs two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas that test the power of faith. Directed by PJ Paparelli. Previews Sept. 28-30. Opens Oct. 1. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $33-$43. To Nov. 4. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. (773) 409-4125; atcweb.org.

44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS. The Chicago Neo-Futurists present a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 presidents. Directed by Halena Kays. Previews Oct. 4-5. Opens Oct. 6. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. To Nov 10. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255; neofuturists.org.

FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW. Chicago Dramatists opens its 34th season with a story that explores the memories that shape us, the stories we tell the world, and the dark space that lies between the two. Directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy. Opens Sept. 28. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$32. To Oct. 28. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630; chicagodramatists.org.

KINKY BOOTS. Broadway in Chicago presents Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s musical tale of the power of acceptance told amid the backdrop of a failing shoe factory. Directed by Jerry Mitchell. Opens Oct. 2. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $33-$100. To Nov. 4. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. (800) 775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com.

KITTY MASSACRE: THE MAKING OF MILO AND OTIS. The Annoyance presents a tale of romance, torture and greed, “exposing the dark reality of a childhood classic.” Directed by Jeremy Dionisio. Previews Sept. 29, Oct. 6. Opens Oct. 13. Sat, 8 pm. $15-$20. To Dec. 1. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE. First Folio Theatre presents a tale of life, death, love and heartbreak, based on the writings of the famed author. Directed by Michael Goldberg. Opens Sept. 29. Wed-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $26-$37. To Nov. 4. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067; firstfolio.org.

THE MISTAKES MADELINE MADE. LiveWire Chicago Theatre kicks off its 2012-13 season with the story of a young woman who develops “ablutophobia” — the fear of bathing. Directed by Krista D’Agostino. Previews Oct. 3-4. Opens Oct. 5. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To Nov. 3. Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln; greenhousetheater.com.

MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD. The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company presents an original musical comedy satirizing popular zombie and horror films. Directed by Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts. Opens Oct. 4. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $24. To Nov 17. The Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton. musicalofthelivingdead.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM. Strawdog Theatre presents a tale of teen addiction to video games that upsets a nameless American town. Directed by Joanie Schultz. Previews Oct. 4-5. Opens Oct. 7. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $28. To Nov. 10. Strawdog Theatre, Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.

ONE NAME ONLY. Black Ensemble Theater presents a world premiere featuring the hits of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and a tribute to Whitney Houston. Directed by Reuben Echoles. Previews Sept 28-Oct. 6. Opens Oct. 7. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $55-$65. To Nov. 11. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; BlackEnsembleTheater.org.

PEEK-A-BOO: AN OOKY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN BURLESQUE. Kiss Kiss Cabaret presents its annual Holloween extravaganza, a modern spin on a classic vaudeville show. Opens Sept. 28. Fri, 11 pm. $15-$20. To Oct. 26. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; GreenhouseTheater.org.

PLANET KARATE: RISE OF THE ROBOTIC DYNASTY. The Annoyance presents the sequel to last year’s “Planet Karate,” which takes place on a post-apocalypic Earth where Karate is law. Directed by David Rocco Facchini and Ryan McDermott. Previews Sept. 29. Opens Oct. 5. Fri, 8 pm. $10-$15. To Nov. 23. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

RUBY WILDER. Tympanic Theatre presents the story of a kidnap victim who ventures into the dark recesses of her mind to confront her tormentor. Directed by James D. Palmer. Preview Oct. 4. Opens Oct. 5. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15. To Oct. 28. Teatro Luna’s Cabaret Studio, 3914 N. Clark. (773) 442-2882; tympanictheatre.org.

SCARRIE THE MUSICAL. Hell in a Handbag celebrates 10 years of “appalling and distasteful theater” with the unauthorized parody of both the Stephen King book and the Brian DePalma film. Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. Previews Sept. 28-Oct. 5. Opens Oct. 6. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $15-$25. To Nov. 10. Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark. (800) 838-3006; handbagproductions.org.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens its 26th season with the award-winning musical inspired by George Seurat’s most famous work, “A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884.” Directed by Gary Griffin. Previews Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Opens Oct. 4. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $48-$78. To Nov. 4. CST’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5678; chicagoshakes.com.

ZOMBIE GENIUS. The Annoyance presents a world where humans and zombies co-exist, but zombies are treated like second-class citizens. Albert, a zombie, falls in love with a human girl during his quest to win civil rights for zombies. Directed by Ryan McDermott. Preview Oct. 3. Opens Oct. 10. Wed, 10 pm. $8-$10. To Oct. 31. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

ONGOING

ABSURD ROMP: SHAKESPEARE’S FEMALE WOMEN. Gorilla Tango presents a two-woman comedy show that delves into the feminine mystique of the Bard. Closes Sat, 7:30 pm. $15. Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.

AFTER. Profiles Theatre presents Chad Beckim’s drama about a man struggling with the challenges of socialization after having spent his youth wrongfully imprisoned. Directed by Matt Hawkins. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35-$40. To Oct. 14. The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway. (73) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Hedy 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.

THE BIG KNIFE. Raven Theatre opens its 30th season with Chifford Odets’ drama about a movie star’s crisis of conscience in Hollywood. Directed by Michael Menendian. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$45. To Nov. 11. Raven Theatre’s East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.org.

BLUE MAN GROUP. The show’s creators have cleverly updated the production with new wizardry while retaining its essential mind-set. Days and times vary. $49-$69. Open run. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. (800) 982-2787. (Recommended, Weiss)

A CLASS ACT. Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago presents the “musical about musicals” based on the life of composer/lyricist Edward Kleban, one of the creators of “A Chorus Line.” Directed by Stacey Flaster. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $30-$39. To Oct. 7. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; porchlightmusictheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

DAY DRINKING & SLEEP EATING. Off Off Broadzway presents an all-girl parody burlesque show. Closes Fri, 10:30 pm. $20. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; stage773.com.

DEARLY DEPARTED. Circle Theatre presents a comedy that revolves aroudn a family as it comes together to plan a funeral. Directed by Kevin Wiczer. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $24-$28. To Oct. 28. Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9540; circle-theatre.org.

DIRTY. The Gift Theatre presents a modern-day satire of Wall Street greed, philanthropy and family values. Directed by Jonathan Berry. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $25-$30. To Nov. 18. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071; thegifttheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

DREAMGIRLS. Marriott Theatre presents the Tony Award winning musical-turned-hit film. Directed by. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $41-$49. To Nov. 4. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

EQUIVOCATION. Victory Gardens opens its 2012-13 season with the story of a down-and-out playwright called Shagspeare in the year 1605. Directed by Sean Graney. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$50. To Oct. 14. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; victorygardens.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

FELLOWSHIP OF THE BOOBS. Gorilla Tango presents a “LOTR, D&D, WoW, RPG Burlesque Adventure.” Directed by MsPixy. Sat, 10:30 pm. $20. To Oct. 27. Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.

42nd STREET. Theatre at the Center presents the song and dance extravaganza. Directed by William Pullinsi. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $38-$42. To Oct. 21. Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255; TheatreAtThe Center.com. (Highly recommended, Betty Mohr)

FREUD’S LAST SESSION. The Off-Broadway production’s Midwest premiere centers on a meeting between legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and rising academic of the time C.S. Lewis. Directed by Tyler Marchant. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $45-$55 (students $22 w/ID). To Nov. 11. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

GOOD PEOPLE. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s story of life in economically opposed Boston neighborhoods. Directed by K. Todd Freeman. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$86. To Nov. 11. Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.

GREASE. Paramount Theatre kicks off its second Blockbuster Musicals series with the classic 1950s story set on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Directed by Michael Unger. Wed, 1:30, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $35-$47. To Oct. 7. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666; paramountaurora.com. (Highly recommended, Andre Salles)

HAMLET. Writers’ Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$70. To Nov. 25. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

HOLY BOUNCING BOOBIES! A BATMAN BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango presents a campy, sexy, silly parody. Directed by Juicy Lucy. Closes Sat, 9 pm. $20. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (847) 677-7761; gorillatango.com.

HOODOO LOVE. The Collective Theatre presents a tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets, where a woman escapes from the Mississippi cotton fields to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. Directed by Nelsan Ellis. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2:30, 7:30 pm, Sun, 2:30 pm. $20-$32. To Oct. 21. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; athenaeumtheatre.org.

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE. Broadway in Chicago presents a new musical based on the long-running TV show featuringing Lucy, Ricky, Red and Ethel. Directed by Rick Sparks. Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $23-$65. To Nov. 11. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com; ilovelucylive.com. (Recommended, Weiss)

ILLEGAL USE OF HANDS. American Blues Theater presents the small-town dark comedy about revenge, glory and being a man. Directed by Sandy Shinner. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2:30 pm. $10-$39. Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; americanbluestheater.com. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

IPHIGENIA 2.0. Next Theatre Company presents a modern update of Euripdes’ “Iphigenia at Aulis,” with pop-culture references and music illustrating the ways in which history continues to repeat itself. Directed by David Kersnar. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$40. To Oct. 14. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 475-1875; nexttheatre.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

JITNEY. Court Theatre presents August Wilson’s 1970s installment of his decade-by-decade cycle of plays about the African-American experience in the 20th century. Directed by Ron OJ Parson. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $45-$65. To Oct. 14. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472; courttheatre.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 pm. $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 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

LOVE AND DROWNING AT 16TH STREET. 16th Street Theater presents and ode to Chekhov, Beckett and Rod Serling with a story that explores the phenomenon of near-death experience and its impact on people’s lives. Directed by Ann Filmer. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm. $10-$18. To Oct. 27. 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. (708) 795-6704; 16thstreettheater.org.

MALES ORDER BRIDES OR BIG HARRY DEALS SCANDALOUS SCHEME. Quest Theatre pits hero against villain in a melodrama where a shifty lawyer thinks he’s hatched the perfect scheme to make a quick buck. Directed by James T. Scott III. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Performance are free; donations appreciated. To Oct. 14. The Blue Theater, 1609 W. Gregory. (312) 458-0895; questensemble.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 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30, 6:30 pm. $25-$77.50. To Jan. 6. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)

MY FIRST TIME. Broken Nose Theatre welcomes the return of the Off-Broadway hit that features four actors in hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences written by real people. Directed by Benjamin Brownson. Fri, 11 pm. $15-$30. To Oct. 26. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.

ONCE UPON A ROM COM: THE BILL PULLMAN STORY. Gorilla Tango presents a comedy featuring fictional versions of real-life actors Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Neal Fischer. Wed, 7:30 pm. $15. To Oct. 31. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598- 4549; gorillatango.com.

POOL (NO WATER). Vitalist Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s drama centered around the art world, where the jealousies of fellow artists come into play as they all seek fame and fortune. Directed by Liz Carlin Metz. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25. Downstairs Studio at Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; greenhousetheater.org.

PUT THE NUNS IN CHARGE. Vicki Quade’s spinoff of the hit comedy “Late Nite Catechism.” Fri, 8 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

SAINTS & SINNERS. Vicki Quade’s Mother Superior is called by the archdiocese to help with fund-raising. Sat, 5 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

SEASCAPE. Remy Bumppo Theatre Company presents Edward Albee’s otherworldly marital drama. Directed by Nick Sandys. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30; occasional matinees. $32.50-$57.50. To Oct. 14. Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; remybumppo.org. (Recommended, Weiss)

SEXY BABY: THE LATE NIGHT BOYSTOWN EDITION. Hell in a Handbag Productions presents its comedy sendup of child beauty pageants — with drag queens. Fri-Sat, 11 pm. $15-$35. To Oct. 27. Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Bemont, Theater #1. (773) 975-8150; handbagproductions.org.

SIRENS. Fox Valley Repertory presents a “midlife comedy” involving mermaids and the stormy seas of marriage. Directed by John Gawlik. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $32-$52. To Oct. 7. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342; foxvalleyrep.org.

THE SKRIKER. Red Tape Theatre presents a fairy tale featuring an ancient shapeshifter hell-bent on destroying the lives of two young mothers. Directed by Eric Hoff. Thu-Sun, 8 pm. $15-$25. To Oct. 20. Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. redtapetheatre.org. (Not recommended, Catey Sullivan)

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER. Theo Ubique presents a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards. Directed by Brenda Didier. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $34-$39. To Nov. 11. Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 6970 N. Glenwood. (800) 595-4849; theo-u.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

STEAMWERKZ THE MUSICAL. The Annoyance presents a new musical about a wide-eyed gay man who comes to Chicago looking for love and stumbles upon a popular bathhouse. Directed by Clay Goodpasture. Fri, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Dec. 28. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; theannoyance.com.

THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the National Theatre of Scotland’s Faustian tale described as “a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke.” Directed by Wils Wilson. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 3, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $45-$60. To Oct. 14. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

SWEET AND SAD. Profiles Theatre opens it’s 24th season with the Midwest premiere of Richard Nelson’s drama, which explores the ever-changing state of the nation. Directed by Joe Jahraus. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $20-$40. To Oct. 7. Profiles Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org.

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH. The Goodman presents Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock in Tennessee Williams’ classic American drama. Directed by David Cromer. Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $35-$90. To Oct. 28. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; goodmantheatre.org. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)

THAT WAS IT: THE TRAGIC TALE OF OUR KING MICHAEL JACKSON — A GRIEVOUS GREEK COMEDY. Gorilla Tango presents a parodied Greek retelling of the rise and fall of the King of Pop. Directed by Ali Keirn. Closes Fri, 7:30 pm. $15. Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com.

33 VARIATIONS. Timeline Theatre Company opens it’s 2012-13 season with the story of a modern-day music scholar trying to solve the mystery of why Beethoven devoted four years of his life writing 33 variations of a mediocre waltz. Directed by Nick Bowling. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $22-$42. To Oct. 21. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (73) 281-8463; timelinetheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $9 plus the roll of a six-sided die ($10-$15). Open run. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.

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 pm; Fri-Sat, 8, 11 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $23. Open run. The Second City, 1616 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. (Recommended, Weiss)

WOODY SEZ — THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE. Northlight Theatre presents a celebration of the musicality and social conscience of one of America’s greatest troubadours. Directed by Nick Corley. 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 Oct. 21. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org. (Recommended, Weiss)

WRENS. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble opens its 17th season with the remount of Anne McGravie’s semi-autobiographical examination of loyalty, morality and duty during World War II. Directed by Karen Kessler. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 6 pm. $30. To Oct. 20. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge. (773) 334-7728; RivendellTheatre.org.

WRONG MOUNTAIN. Rare Terra Theatre presents a black comedy posing the question: What if you’ve spent you life climbing the wrong mountain? Directed by Ian Streicher. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $18-$28. To Oct. 7. The Second Stage, 3408 N. Sheffield. rareterratheatre.com.

XANADU. Drury Lane Theatre presents the Tony-nominated, roller-skating, musical comedy. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Wed-Thu, 1:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$45. To Oct. 28. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook,com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)



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