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The Guide — Theater Listings 02.08.13

Isabel Hewlett (RebeccSpence left) learns about new art photography from photographer Adolfo Farsari (Michael McKeogh right) TimeLine’s Midwest premiere 'Concerning

Isabel Hewlett (Rebecca Spence, left) learns about the new art of photography from photographer Adolfo Farsari (Michael McKeogh, right) in TimeLine’s Midwest premiere of "Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West."

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AMERICAN LEGENDS. The Joffrey Ballet presents its winter engagement, featuring a mixed repertory program of four “sensual, romantic and playful ballets” by master choreographers. Opens Feb. 13. Wed-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $31-$52. To Feb. 24. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. (800) 982-2787;

ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO: PERESTROIKA. The Theater School at DePaul presents Tony Kushner’s story of the AIDS crisis in 1980s Ame rica. Directed by Jane Drake Brody. Opens Feb. 8. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15. To Feb. 17. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-1999;

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 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;

CHICAGO THEATRE WEEK. The League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago present the city’s first-ever Theatre Week to celebrate Chicago’s rich theater tradition and encourage residents and visitors to attend a live show. More than 100 shows will be discounted to $15-$30 for the week. Feb. 12-17. For complete information and participating theaters:

CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT. The Den Theatre presents a mash-up of 1940s black-and-white crime dramas with an Edward Hopper painting. Directed by Ron Wells. Previews Feb. 12-14. Opens Feb. 15. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To March 16. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee;

COMPLETENESS. Theater Wit presents a romantic comedy, where modern romance is more complex than any scientific problem. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Previews Feb. 8-17. Opens Feb. 19. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $18-$36. To March 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150;

COUNTERFEITERS. Dog & Pony Theatre Company presents a vaudeville extravaganza, with magic, song and dance. Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker and Jenn BeVard. Previews Feb. 13-15. Opens Feb. 16. Wed-Sat, 8 pm. $15-$25. To March 16. Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (773) 360-7933;

CRIME SCENE: A CHICAGO ANTHOLOGY. Collaboraction presents a theatrical reaction to Chicago’s history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change. Directed by Anthony Moseley. Previews Feb. 14-17. Opens Feb. 18. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15-$25. To March 10. Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (312) 226-9633;

DIAL WITH A SMILE! AN OFFICE MUSICAL. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a debut musical by Robert Francis Curtis and D.J. Douglass, about co-workers in a plastics company struggling to make sense of life, love and a failing economy. The show will run simultaneously at both Gorilla Tango locations. Opens Feb. 1. Thu, 7:30 pm (in Bucktown); Fri, 7:30 pm (Skokie). $15. To March 29. Bucktown theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee; Skokie theater, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549;

DOO WOP SHOO BOP. Black Ensemble Theater presents a melodic look at the doo wop era, which featured groupls such as the Platters, the Drifters and the Chantels. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Previews Feb. 8-9. Opens Feb. 10. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $45-$65. To March 31. Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451;

THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY. Theatre at the Center presents an homage to the great English farces of the 1930s and ’40s, filled with mistaken indentity, high-stakes wagering and other over-the-top shenanigans. Directed by William Pullinsi. Previews Feb. 14-16. Opens Feb. 17. Wed-Thu, 2 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2:30, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $38-$42. To March 24. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Ind. (219) 836-3255;

JULIUS CAESAR. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a present-day staging of Shakespeare’s tale of political conspiracy, assassination and civil unrest. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Previews Feb. 8-12. Opens Feb. 13. 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 March 24. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5633;

A SOLDIER’S PLAY. Raven Theatre presents a story about race, as an Army captain comes to a segregated World War II-era Louisiana Army base to investigate a murder. Directed by Michael Menendian. Previews Feb. 12-17. Opens Feb. 18. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$45. To March 30. Raven Theatre East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177;

TEDDY FERRARA. The Goodman Theatre presents Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Shinn’s exploration of an on-campus tragedy. Directed by Evan Cabnet. Previews Feb. 8-10. Opens Feb. 11. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $14-$45. To March 3. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800;


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;

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; (Highly recommended, Hedy Weiss)

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. 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;

THE BAKER’S WIFE. The Music Theatre Company presents the final production in this season’s Musicals in Concert series. Directed by Dominic Missimi. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $35. The Music Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park. (847) 579-4900;

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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $15-$25. To Feb. 17. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6875;

THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY. The Second City’s stars of tomorrow perform work originally written by past alumni, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Sat, 4 pm; Mon, 8 pm. $19. Open run. The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992.

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Steppenwolf presents Harold Pinter’s darkly comic tale, starring Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris, John Mahoney, Marc Grapey and Sophia Sinise. Directed by Austin Pendleton. Days, times vary. $20-$78. To April 28. Stppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; (Highly receommended, Weiss)

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

THE BOOK OF MORMON. Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning musical by the folks behind TV’s “South Park” and Broadway’s “Avenue Q.” Tue, 7:30 pm; Wed, 2, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $45-$115. To Sept. 8. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. (800) 775-2000; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

BOY GETS GIRL. Raven Theatre presents Rebecca Gilman’s dark thriller about obession and desperation. Directed by Cody Estle. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30 pm. $20-$45. To March 2. Raven Theatre West Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177;

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;

CHUNKS. Caitlin Bergh presents her one-woman show that details Bergh’s journey to find love as a sexually repressed, reclusive and obsessive young adult. Sun, 7:30 pm. $7; BYOB. To Feb. 24. Studio Be, 3110 N. Sheffield.

COLUMBINUS. American Theater Company presents the story of Columbine High School, with new material from rent interviews with survivors of the the shootings, victims’ families and residents of Littleton, Colo. Directed by PJ Paparelli. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $33-$50. To March 10. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. Phone (773) 409-4125;

CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST. Timeline Theatre presents a provocative examination of the American fascination with the exotic and distant far east, evoking themes related to photography, art, desire, forgery and perception. Directed by Lisa Portes. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $22-$42. To April 14. TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington. (773) 281-8463; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

DINNER WITH THE FAMILY. The Family Shoe Players presents an interactive dinner experience set in a 1930s Chicago pizzeria and featuring a five-course Italian meal. Directed by Paolina Cimino. Saturdays, 7 p.m. cocktails/appetizers, show at 8. Attendees encouraged to dress in 1930s attire. $60 (parking is free). Open run. Renaldi’s Pizza, 2827 N. Broadway.

DON’T BLINK: A DOCTOR WHO BURLESQUE. Gorilla Tango presents a sexy, comic romp through doctors Who past and present. Directed by Katherine Siegel. Fri, 9 pm. $35; 18 and over. To May 31. Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549;

THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY. Profiles Theatre presents the story of how a school moves on after the sudden death of a beloved student. Directed by Joe Jahraus. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $35-$40. To March 10. Profiles Theatre’s Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway. (773) 549-1815;

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;

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;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. 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;

FRINDLE. Griffin Theatre brings the popular children’s book to life. Fri, 9:45, 11:30 am; Sat, 11 am, 1 pm; Mon-Wed, 9:45, 11:30 am; closes Thu, 9:45, 11:30 am. $12-$14. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell. (847) 577-2121;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

HAPPY NOW? Shattered Globe Theatre presents a dark comedy about contemporary life and how to survive it. Directed by Roger Smart. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$28. To March 2. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont.

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; (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 17. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut.; (Recommended, Weiss)

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. 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;

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;

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL. Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates Black History Month with a sentimental, musical tribute to Billie Holiday. Directed by Rob Lindley. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $30-$39. To March 10. Stage 772, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252;

LATE NITE CATECHISM. The Royal George Theatre presents Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan’s comedy about a Catholic nun intent on teaching her own brand of catechism. Directed by Marc Silvia. Thu, Sat, 8 p.m. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.

THE 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; (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;

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;

MEDIEVAL TIMES. The dinner and tournament production features its first completely new show since 2007, with more action, stunning horsemanship, good food and a simplified story line. Dates and times vary. $35.95-$59.95. Open run. Medieval Times, 2001 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. (888) 935-6878; (Recommended, Jennifer Burklow)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Dee Gee Theatricals presents a new musical inspired by a 1956 recording session that brought together four legends — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Co-directed by Eric Schaeffer and Floyd Mutrux. Wed, 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3:30, 6:30 p.m. $25-$77.50. To 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; (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;

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;

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;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

PETER PAN. Broadway in Chicago presents Cathy Rigby in this beloved children’s fantasy tale. Directed by Glenn Casale. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2, 7:30 pm. $18-$85. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. (800) 775-2000; (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.

PYGMALION. Stage Left and BoHo Theatre present George Bernard Shaw’s classic drama. Directed by Vance Smith. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 883-8830; (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;

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. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (312) 922-1999;

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.

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. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $15. National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th floor. (773) 327-7077; brownpapertick

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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-7336; (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. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sat, 3 pm, Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $35-$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$32. To March 13. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630;

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$20. To March 2. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. (773) 698-7389;

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. 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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

SWEET CHARITY. Writers’ Theatre presents Neil Simon’s tale of optimism set to music. Directed by Michael Halberstam. Tue-Wed, 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $35-$70. To March 31. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA. Barrel of Monkeys presents a Sunday matinee series featuring stories written by children, plus live action video game adventures. Directed by Molly Brennan. Sun, 2 pm. $5-$10. To May 5. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (312) 409-1954; barrelofmonkeysorg.

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;

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 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. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $20-$25. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. (773) 384-0494;

THE WHIPPING MAN. Northlight Theatre presents a Civil War drama about freedom, servitude and identity. Directed by Kimberly Senior. 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; (Somewhat 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)

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