The Guide — Theater Listings 01.25.13
January 23, 2013 4:44PM
Kurt Brocker stars as Zed and Jane Baxter Miller portrays Pam in Rivendell Theatre’s “American Wee-Pie.” | Photo by Joe Mazza/Brave Lux
Updated: January 28, 2013 2:40PM
THE ART OF MURDER. Fox Valley Rep presents a murder mystery involving a frustrated artist, his wife, their insane art dealer and the odd housekeeper. Directed by Jason W. Gerace. Previews Jan. 25-Feb. 1. Opens Feb. 2. Thu, 2, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $32-$42. To March 17. Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342; foxvalleyrep.org.
BEAUTIFUL THING. Pride Films and Plays presents a 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s story of two teenage boys coming to grips with their sexuality. Directed by John Nasca. Preview Jan. 18. Opens Jan. 19. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15-$25. To Feb. 17. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875; athenaeumtheatre.org.
BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO. Lookingglass Theatre presents Rajiv Joseph’s wartime tale that explores the power and perils of human nature. Directed by Heidi Stillman. Previews Jan. 30-Feb. 8. Opens Feb. 9. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 3, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $28-$70. To March 17. Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. (312) 337-0665; lookingglasstheatre.org.
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. Previews Jan. 24-Feb. 1. Opens Feb. 3. Days, times. $20-$78. To April 28. Stppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
BOY GETS GIRL. Raven Theatre presents Rebecca Gilman’s dark thriller about obession and desperation. Directed by Cody Estle. Previews Jan. 18-19. Opens Jan. 20. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30 pm. $20-$45. To March 2. Raven Theatre West Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.com.
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. Opens Jan. 25. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $22-$42. To April 14. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463; timelinetheatre.com.
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. Previews Jan. 25-28. Opens Jan. 29. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35-$40. To March 10. Profiles Theatre’s Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org.
FOUR GIRLS (AND A GUY): A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITH THE SECOND CITY. UP Comedy Club presents the women of The Second City (and a guy) in a comedy revue about sex and other natural disasters. Directed by Ryan Bernier. Opens Jan. 30. Thu, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8, 11 pm. $28. To March 2. Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor at Pipers Alley. (312) 662-4562; upcomedyclub.com.
HAPPY NOW? Shattered Globe Theatre presents a dark comedy about contemporary life and how to survive it. Directed by Roger Smart. Preview Jan. 25. Opens Jan. 31. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$28. To March 2. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. shatteredglobe.org.
JEEVES TAKES A BOW. First Folio Theatre presents the third installment of Margaret Raether’s comic adaptations of the storeis of P.G. Wodehouse. Directed by Alison C. Vesely. Previews Jan. 30. Opens Feb. 2. Wed, Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$37. To March 3. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067; firstfolio.org.
MINSK, 2011: A REPLY TO KATHY ACKER. Belarus Free Theatre presents the story of a city that has lost its way, where people cannot express themselves in a sexually repressed society. (Performed in Russian and Bearusian with projected English translation.) Directed by Uladzimir Shcherban. Opens Jan. 30. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $20. To Feb. 3. Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com.
PETER PAN. Broadway in Chicago presents Cathy Rigby in this beloved children’s fantasy tale. Directed by Glenn Casale. Opens Jan. 30. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7 pm; Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $18-$85. To Feb. 10. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; broadwayinchicago.com.
THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN. The Theatre School at DePaul University presents a historical adventure taking place in 16th century Peru. Directed by Ian Frank. Previews Jan. 30-31. Opens Feb. 1. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. To Feb. 10. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (312) 922-1999; theatreschool.depaul.edu.
SCARY TALES 2013. Clock Productions presents its newest version of Scary Tales, with stories ranging from Victorian England to ancient China. Directed by David Denman and Alex white. Opens Jan. 25. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15. To Feb. 9. National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th floor. (773) 327-7077; brownpapertickets.com/event/318559.
SOUTHBRIDGE. Chicago Dramatists presents the world premiere of resident playwright Reginald Edmund’s story of how the world we live in is more gray than black-and-white. Directed by Russ Tutterow. Previews Jan. 25-31. Opens Feb. 1. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$32. To March 13. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630; chicagodramatists.org.
SUCCESSORS. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents a fable of a political family thrown for a loop when the patriarch — a third generation mayor — decides to retire. Directed by Ronan Marra. Preview Jan. 25. Opens Jan. 26. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To March 2. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. (773) 698-7389; signalensemble.com.
SUNSET BOULEVARD. Drury Lane Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on Billy Wilder’s film about faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Directed by William Osetek. Previews Jan. 25-31. Opens Feb. 1. Wed, 1:30 pm; Thu, 1:30, 8 pm; Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$45. To March 24. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111; drurylaneoakbrook.com.
SWEET CHARITY. Writers’ Theatre presents Neil Simon’s tale of optimism set to music. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Previews Jan. 25-30. Opens Jan. 31. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$70. To March 31. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org.
THE WHIPPING MAN. Northlight Theatre presents a Civil War drama about freedom, servitude and identity. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Opens Jan. 25. Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 1, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7 pm. $15-$72. To Feb. 24. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org.
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. Mother Road Productions presents Lindsey Yates-Badtke in a one-woman show based on Joan Didion’s best-selling memoir. Directed by John Haderlein. Jan. 25-27. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $10. To Jan. 27. Urban Edge, 220 Clayton, Waukegan. (800) 838-3006; brownpapertickets.com/event/287923.
THE ALIENS. A Red Orchid Theatre presents Annie Baker’s story of a couple of slackers who philosophize of life as life passes by, and the young barista who happens into their lives. Directed by Shade Murray. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. To March 3. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722; aredorchidtheatre.org.
ALLOTMENT ANNIE. InFusion Theatre presents the world premiere of Mark Mason’s World War II story, which follows a dashing Air Force pilot and a timid and beautiful bartender who start a war profiteering scheme that quickly turns to sex, betrayal and murder. Directed by Bridgette Harney. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To Feb. 3. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (773) 528-9696; infusiontheatre.com.
AMERICAN WEE-PIE. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble presents the story of a disenfranchised editor returning to his small Midwestern hometown to bury his mother, which leads him on a path to self-discovery. Directed by Megan Carney. Thu-Fri, 8 pm Sat, 4, 8 pm. $15-$30. To Feb. 16. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge. (773) 334-7728; RivendellTheatre.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.
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, Hedy Weiss)
BOOBS OF THE DEAD: A WALKING DEAD BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango brings back this silly, sexy zombie-filled romp. Directed by K Leo. Closes Fri, 9 pm. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com/zombies.
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)
BUD, NOT BUDDY. Chicago Children’s Theatre presents a live version of Christopher Paul Curtis’ award-winning children’s book about an African-American orphan searching for his father. Directed by Derrick Sanders. Tue-Wed, 10 am; Thu-Fri, 10 am, 6:30 pm; Sat, 2, 6 pm; Sun, 11 am. $20-$36. To Feb. 24. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. (872) 222-9555; chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
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. Fridays, 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.
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. Opens Jan. 25. Days and times vary. $13-$16. To June 2. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100; EmeraldCityTheatre.com.
FAITH HEALER. The Den Theatre presents a remount of TurnAround Theatre’s original production of Brian Friel’s story of the life and times of Frank Hardy, an itinerant Irish healer. Directed by J.R. Sullivan. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $28. To Feb. 3. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. thedentheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THE FINAL BALLOON. The Annoyance revamps “The Tragedy of Balloon Boy or Your Butt,” set in a bar that is home to a ragtag band of drunks who gather there each year at the same date and time. Directed by Charley Carroll. Sat, 10 pm. $15-$20. To Feb. 23. The Annoyance, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.
FLARE PATH. Griffin Theatre Company presents a drama based on playwright Terence Rattigan’s wartime experience as a member of the Royal Air Force in the early 1940s. Directed by Robin Witt. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$32. To Feb. 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (73) 975-8150; GriffinTheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING. Mercury Theater presents the Broadway musical revue that features more than 30 songs from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, such as “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and more. Directed by Kevin Bellie. Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$59. To March 10. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
HELLCAB. Profiles Theatre presents a 20th anniversary production of the Chicago classic of the day in the life of a Chicago cabdriver. Directed by Darrell W. Cox. Thu-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. $35-$40. To Feb. 24. The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815; profilestheatre.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE. Broadway in Chicago presents a new musical based on the long-running TV show featuring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Directed by Rick Sparks. Wed, 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2, 6 p.m. $23-$65. To March 3. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com; ilovelucylive.com. (Recommended, Weiss)
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Bailiwick Chicago Theater presents a professionally produced stage production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, where cast members bid for roles. Directed by Kate Garassino and Christopher Pazdernik. Previews Jan. 28, 30. Opens Jan. 31. Thu-Fri. $15-$55. To Feb. 2. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 969-6201; bailiwickchicago.com.
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 LETTERS. Writers’ Theatre presents a thriller of politics and disinformation set in 1930s Russia, where a casual conversation turns into a game of cat-and-mouse. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-.70 To March 17. Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY. Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences presents a historical fiction based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt, about friendship, greed and racial prejudice. Directed by John Jenkins. Tue, 10 am; Thu, 10 am; Sat, 2 pm. $10. To March 2. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-0999; theatre.depaul.edu.
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.
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 April 28. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)
THE MOTHER------ WITH THE HAT. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Stephen Adly Guirgis’ hit play about a recovering alcoholic who finds another man’s hat in his and his girlfriend’s apartment. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$86. To March 3. Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
THE MUSIC MAN. Paramount Theatre presents the classic muscical about the man who stirs up trouble in River City, Iowa. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Wed, 1:30, 7:30 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $34.90-$46.90. To Feb. 3. Paramount Tehatre, 23 Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666; ParamountAurora.com. (Recommended, Weiss)
THE MYSTERY OF THE PIRATE GHOST. Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents a live version of Geoffrey Hayes’ children’s book. Directed by Paul S. Holmquist. Sat-Sun, 11 am, 1 pm. $15. To Feb. 17. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.
NEW PLAY FESTIVAL. Professional actors will perform live readings of the top five plays submitted by up-and-coming playwrights. Sun, 7 pm. $15. To Feb. 17. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
NOW & FOREVER: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Marriott Theatre presents a world premiere tribute to the man who brought to some of the most beloved musicals to the theater: “Evita,” “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and more. Directed by Marc Robin. Wed, 1, 8 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4:30, 8 pm; Sun, 1, 5 pm. $40-$48. To March 17. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; MarriottTheatre.com.
OTHER DESERT CITIES. The Goodman presents a drama about a family pushed to the brink when a devastating family secret is unearthed. Directed by Henry Wishcamper. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu, 2, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $25-$86. To Feb. 17. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
PURPLE HEART. Redtwist Theatre presents a dark comedy/drama about the familial love and hate that defies description and expectation. Directed by Jimmy McDermott. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $15-$30. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 N. Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529; redtwist.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.
PYGMALION. Stage Left and BoHo Theatre present George Bernard Shaw’s classic drama. Directed by Vance Smith. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To Feb. 10. Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 883-8830; stagelefttheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
RHINOCEROS THEATRE FESTIVAL. Chicago’s longest-lived fring festival is in its 24th year, featuring performances by Curious Theatre Branch, Boy Girl Boy Girl, Neofuturists, Ruckus Theatre, Bruised Orange, Whiskey Rebellion, The Billy Goat Experiment, Sweetback Productions, Brain Surgeons, Realize Theatre Project and more. Thu-Mon, times vary. $15 or pay what you can. To Feb. 17. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston. (773) 492-1287; rhinofest.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.
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE... MadKap Productions presents a one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s that explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us but the side effects. Directed by Wayne Mell. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To Feb. 10. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; greenhousetheater.org. (Recommended, Weiss)
SKYLIGHT. Court Theatre presents David Hare’s chamber play about a schoolteacher and her former lover, who in trying to rekindle their passion, find themselves at odds. Directed by William Brown. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sat, 3 pm, Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $35-$65. To Feb. 10. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472; courttheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
THERE’S A GIRL IN MY SOUP. Metropolis presents the romantic comedy involving a famous, womanizing chef and the woman who challenges his every move. Directed by David Belew. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28-$44. To Feb. 23. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND. The Neo-Futurists present 30 shows in 60 minutes, socially and politically based. Fri-Sat, 11:30 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. $9 plus the roll of a six-sided die ($10-$15). Open run. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255.
THE UNDERPANTS. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy farce concerning a wardrobe malfunction. Directed by Amelia Barrett. Tue-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$33. To Feb. 3. Building K Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-4000; AtTheMAC.org.
THE UNVEILING / DOZENS OF COUSINS. The Trap Door Theatre presents Vaclav Havel’s humorous commentary of a marginalized man taunted with the life he could be living; plus . Directed by Beata Pilch. Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $20-$25. To Feb. 9. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494; trapdoortheatre.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)