The Guide — Theater Listings 02.22.13
February 20, 2013 4:38PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 2:34PM
ALL RISE — A THEATRICAL EVENT ON SACRED GROUND. Walkabout Theater presents a site-specific, promenade-style production that takes the audience on a tour through the found spaces of Luther Memorial Church. Directed by Thom Pasculli, John Rooney. Opens Feb. 22. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 5 pm. Suggested donation, $15-$25. To March 17. Luther Memorial Church, 250 W. Wilson. walkabouttheater.org.
ALWAYS SATURDAY. Prop Thtr presents the story of a man whose troubles are just beginning when he signs up as a test subject in a trial for a new disigner drug still awaiting FDA approval. Directed by Shannon Evans. Opens Feb. 22. Fri-Sat, 10 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $20. To March 23. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (773) 539-7838; propthtr.org.
THE CITY & THE CITY. Lifeline Theatre presents a crime story set in a fantastical location where two city-states are geographically close but separated by ireeconcilable cultural differences. Directed by Dorothy Milne. Previews Feb. 22-23. Opens Feb. 24. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $20-$40. To April 7. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. (773) 761-4477; lifelinetheatre.com.
CROSSING SIX CORNERS: A NEIGHBORHOOD HERITAGE PROJECT. Fliament Theatre Ensemble presents an original play about the historic Chicago community presented in a series of scenes, monologues and original songs. Directed by Julie Ritchey. Three nights only, Feb. 22-24. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 5 pm. Free; donations welcome. Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. (773) 270-1660; filamenttheatre.org.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. Next Theatre Company presents a stage adapataion of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a man’s search for the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Directed by Devon De Mayo. Previews Feb. 22-24. Opens Feb. 26. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $25-$40. To March 31. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 475-1875; nexttheatre.org.
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. Chicago Opera Theater presents Philip Glass’ take on Edgar Allan Poe’s tale of suspense, horror and the supernatural. Directed by Ken Cazan. Opens Feb. 23. Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $45-$125. To March 1. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, . (312) 704-8414; chicagooperatheater.org.
FROM DOO WOP TO HIP HOP. Black Ensemble Theater presents the story of the people who live in the affluent, integrated neighborhood of Unison Hills, made up of people from the music industry. Directed by Jackie Taylor. Previews Feb. 22-23. Opens Feb. 24. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $45-$65. To April 24. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark. (773) 769-4451; blackensemble.org.
GJENGANGER. Akvavit Theatre presents two Chicago and one U.S. premiere by Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse. The three short plays will be presented in rotation (two per night; all three on Sundays): “Winter,” directed by Paul S. Holmquist; “Autumn Dream,” directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch; “A Summer’s Day,” directed by Wm. Bullion. Opens Feb. 28. Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$22. To March 24. DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. akvavittheatre.org.
HOW LONG WILL I CRY? VOICES OF YOUTH VIOLENCE. Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents a program woven togehter from interviews gathered by journalist Miles Harvey and his DePaul students as part of the citywide “Now Is the Time” initiative. Directed by Edward Torres. Opens Feb. 26. Tue-Fri for school groups only; public performances March 2, 9 at 11 am; March 4, 7:30 pm. $15. To March 9. Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY. Strawdog Theatre presents a musical comedy following the exploits of British code breaker and cruciverbalist Tristram Faraday’s secret mission to 1941 Dublin to investigate suspicious radio broadcasts. Directed by Kyle Hamman. Previews Feb. 22-23. Opens Feb. 24. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $15-$28. To March 21. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.
KILL ME I’M IRISH. The Annoyance Theatre presents a comedy that shines the spotlight on the funny side of St. Patrick’s Day “for Chicagoans of all backgrounds.” Directed by Derrick Aguis. Opens Feb. 24. Sun, 9:30 pm. $10. To March 17. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.
MY SO-CALLED AFTERLIFE. The Annoyance Theatre presents an original musical that shows that “in heaven, being a teenager can be boring as hell.” Directed by Tim Paul. Previews Feb. 28. Opens March 7. Thu, 8 pm. $15. To April 11. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.
THE PEOPLE’S PASSION PLAY. Quest Theatre Ensemble presents a musical chronicling of the creation of the universe and key biblical events through the Passion and Resurrection. Directed by James T. Scott III. Opens Feb. 22. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Free; donations accepted. To March 31. Blue Theater, 1609 W. Gregory. (312) 458-0895; questensemble.com.
SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents an intro to the bard via a 75-minute abridged version of the story of young lovers. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Opens Feb. 23. Sat, 11 am. $16-$20. To March 23. Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand; chicagoshakes.com.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES. Interrobang Theatre Project presents a provocative production where four actors portray nine characters caught in a destructive web of coincidence, betrayal, desire and obsession. Directed by Jeffry Stanton. Previews Feb. 22. Opens Feb. 23. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To March 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. theaterwit.org.
VIGILS. The Gift Theatre presents a darkly comic one-act play that explores the challenges of loss, love and letting go. Directed by Erica Weiss. Opens Feb. 28. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. $25-$30. To April 21. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. (773) 283-7071; thegifttheatre.org.
WHEN ANGELS WEPT. New Lincoln Theatre presents the semi-fictitious account of the 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School. Directed by Gerald H. Bailey. Previews Feb. 27-28. Opens March 1. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To April 17. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (800) 838-3006; newlincolntheatre.com.
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.
AMERICAN LEGENDS. The Joffrey Ballet presents its winter engagement, featuring a mixed repertory program of four “sensual, romantic and playful ballets” by master choreographers. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $31-$52. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. (800) 982-2787; joffrey.org.
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; foxvalleyrep.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. 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. (Highly 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.
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Steppenwolf presents Harold Pinter’s darkly comic tale, starring Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris, John Mahoney, Marc Grapey and Sophia Sinise. Directed by Austin Pendleton. Days, times vary. $20-$78. To April 28. Stppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org. (Highly receommended, Weiss)
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; 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)
BOY GETS GIRL. Raven Theatre presents Rebecca Gilman’s dark thriller about obession and desperation. Directed by Cody Estle. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3:30, 8 pm; Sun, 3:30 pm. $20-$45. To March 2. Raven Theatre West Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.com.
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. Fri, 10 am, 6:30 pm; Sat, 2, 6 pm; closes Sun, 11 am. $20-$36. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. (872) 222-9555; chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
CADRE. Chicago Shakepeare and the Market Theatre present South African artist Omphile Molusi’s play inspired by true events in the life of an activist during and after Apartheid. Directed by Omphile Molusi. Tue-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 2, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $20. To March 23. Chicago Shakespeare Theater Upstairs, 800 E. Grand. (312) 595-5600; chicagoshakes.com.
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. Closes Sun, 7:30 pm. $7; BYOB. Studio Be, 3110 N. Sheffield. studio-be.org.
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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $15-$25. To March 16. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee; thedentheatre.com.
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; atcweb.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
COMPLETENESS. Theater Wit presents a romantic comedy, where modern romance is more complex than any scientific problem. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $18-$36. To March 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150; TheaterWit.org.
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; timelinetheatre.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
COUNTERFEITERS. Dog & Pony Theatre Company presents a vaudeville extravaganza, with magic, song and dance. Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker and Jenn BeVard. Wed-Sat, 8 pm. $15-$25. To March 16. Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (773) 360-7933; dogandponychicago.org.
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 Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $15-$25. To March 10. Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (312) 226-9633; collaboraction.org.
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. 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; gorillatango.com.
DINNER WITH THE FAMILY. The Family Shoe Players presents an interactive dinner experience set in a 1930s Chicago pizzeria and featuring a five-course Italian meal. Directed by Paolina Cimino. Saturdays, 7 p.m. cocktails/appetizers, show at 8. Attendees encouraged to dress in 1930s attire. $60 (parking is free). Open run. Renaldi’s Pizza, 2827 N. Broadway. dwtfam.bpt.me.
DISCONNECT. Victory Gardens presents a comic drama that takes place in an Indian call center, about the consequences of consumer culture and the intricacies of our interconnected global economies. Directed by Ann Filmer. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 4, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3 pm. $35-$50. Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. (773) 871-3000; victorygardens.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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.
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. 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; BlackEnsembleTheater.org.
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; profilestheatre.org.
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.
FELA! Producers Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith and Ruth & Stephen Hendel present the African musical journey, with Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams starring. Directed by Bill T. Jones. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 2, 8 pm. $20-$70. Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore. (312) 791-6320; felaonbroadway.com.
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. Closes Sat, 10 pm. $15-$20. 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; closes Sun, 3 pm. $25-$32. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (73) 975-8150; GriffinTheatre.com. (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; upcomedyclub.com.
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. 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; TheatreAtTheCenter.com. (Highly recommended, Betty Mohr)
GARAGE REP 2013. Steppenwolf presents its fourth annual series, featuring the following shows in rotating repertory: “See What I Wanna See,” directed by Lili-Anne Brown (Bailiwick); “She Kills Monsters,” directed by Scott Weinstein (Buzz22 Chicago); “BlackTop Sky,” directed by Cassy Sanders (Theatre Seven). Wed-Fri, 8 pm; Sat-Sun, 4, 8 pm. $20 for single play; $40 for three-play pass. To April 21. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
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)
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. shatteredglobe.org.
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.; closes Sun, 7 p.m. $35-$40. 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 17. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com; ilovelucylive.com. (Recommended, Weiss)
I LOVE YOU, I THINK. LiveWire Chicago Theatre presents and evening of monologues on the topic of love. Directed by Kendra Miller and Brea Hayes. Fri, 8 pm; closes Sat, 8 pm. $15. Tom Robinson Gallery, 2416 W. North. (312) 533-4666; livewirechicago.com.
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; firstfolio.org.
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. 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; chicagoshakes.com. (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.
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; stage773.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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.
THE MAGIC PARLOUR. The House Theatre of Chicago presents an intimate evening of classic magic with Dennis Watkins. Fri, 10:30 pm. $75. To March 8. Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E. Monroe. (773) 769-3832; TheMagicParlourChicago.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)
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.
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 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $30. Open run. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000.
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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $22-$45. To March 30. Raven Theatre East Stage, 6157 N. Clark. (773) 338-2177; raventheatre.com. (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; chicagodramatists.org.
THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES. Griffin Theatre presents a family show that turns classic fairy tales upside down. Thu-Fri, 10 am; closes Sat, 1 pm. $12-$14. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
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; 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. 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. (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; writerstheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
TEDDY FERRARA. The Goodman Theatre presents Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Shinn’s exploration of an on-campus tragedy. Directed by Evan Cabnet. 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; GoodmanTheatre.org. (Somewhat 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; closes Sat, 7 pm. $28-$44. 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.
25 SAINTS. Pine Box Theater Company presents a drama set in Appalachia, where there are no jobs, no prospects and no hope. Directed by Susan E. Bowen. Thu-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 7, 10 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25. To March 31. Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln; greenhousetheater.org.
THE WHIPPING MAN. Northlight Theatre presents a Civil War drama about freedom, servitude and identity. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2:30, 7 pm. $15-$72. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org. (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)