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The Guide — Theater Listings 03.01.13

Updated: April 2, 2013 6:07AM


THE AFTER PARTY. Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents a lineup of late-night, cross-genre performances during Garage Rep 2013, including Salonathon, Paper Mice, Spektral Quartet, Shannon Matesky, Route 66 Theatre Company, the City Life Supplement and Windy City Soul Club. Curated by Jacob Padron. Opens March 7. Thu, 11 pm. $5. To April 18. Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650;

AN AMERICAN STORY FOR ACTOR AND ORCHESTRA. Eighty-Eight Entertainment presents Hershey Felder’s newest production, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day. Directed by Trevor Hay. Previews March 7. Opens March 10. Wed-Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $60. To April 14. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000;

ANALOG. The Neo-Futurists explore the world of fate as it pertains to writers and writing. Directed by Tif Harrison. Previews March 1-2. Opens March 4. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. To April 6. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (773) 275-5255;

A BODY OF WATER. Redtwist Theatre presents a mysterious drama where a middle-age couple don’t know who they are upon awakening every day. Directed by Mary Reynard. Previews March 1. Opens March 2. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To April 7. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529;

BREWED. The Ruckus and Tympanic Theatre presents an all-female cast about six sisters who must stir a pot all day, every day, in effect stirring up themes of sacrifice and obligation. Directed by Anna C. Bahow. Previews March 2-3. Opens March 4. Thu-Sun, 8 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $17. To March 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. (773) 975-8150;

CORIOLANUS. The Hypocrites presents Shakespeare’s tragic tale of the legendary Roman leader. Directed by Geoff Button. Previews March 6-8. Opens March 9. Mon, Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28. To April 23. Chopin Theater 1543 W. Division. (773) 989-7352;

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Paramount Theatre presents the classic Broadway musical where the milkman Tevye tries to maintain tradition in his family. Directed by Jim Corti. Previews March 6-7. Opens March 8. 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 March 24. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666;

KILL SHAKESPEARE. Strawdog Theatre Company brings pits your favorite Shakespeare heroes against his most menacing villains in an epic adventure. Directed by Anderson Lawfer. Opens March 4. Sun, noon; Mon-Tue, 8 pm. $15. To March 26. Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111;

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. Opens March 7. Thu, 8 pm. $15. To April 11. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665;

PROOF. Court Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about love and loss, as a genius mathematician and University of Chicago professor dies, leaving his brilliant but emotionally fragile daughter to pick up the pieces of her life. Directed by Charles Newell. Previews March 7-15. Opens March 16. Wed-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 3, 8 pm; Sun, 2:30, 7:30 pm. $35-$65. To April 14. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. (773) 753-4472;

REALLY ROSIE. A Squared Theatre Workshop presents the story of a precocious city girl who uses her imagination and charm to turn 12 boring ours into a fascinating day. Book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak; music by Carole King. Directed by Ghuon “Max” Chung. Opens March 2. Sat-Sun, 2 pm. $14. To April 7. Gorilla Tango Skokie, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549;

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER. SJCChicago LLC presents the return of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s production of the critically acclaimed musical revue. Directed by Brenda Didier. Previews March 7-15. Opens March 16. Thu-Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 5, 8 pm; Sun, 2, 6 pm. $25-$46.50. To May 26. Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. (312) 988-9000;

THINGS FALL APART: A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE MUSICAL. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a new zombified show where three friends try to save theo world from the undead. Opens March 2. Sat, 11:30 pm. $20. To March 30. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549;

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. Opens March 1. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To April 17. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (800) 838-3006;


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 16. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. (312) 943-8722;

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. Fri-Sat, 10 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $20. To March 23. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (773) 539-7838;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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)

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)

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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)

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; (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.

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;

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 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. closes fr, 7:30 pm. $45-$125. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. (312) 704-8414;

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; (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;

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)

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. 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;

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 4 pm. $15-$28. To March 21. Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111;

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; (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;

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.

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. Closes Sat, 2 pm. $10. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. (312) 922-0999;

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)

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. Fri, 7:30 pm; Sat, 7:30 pm; closes Sun, 3, 7:30 pm. $20-$86. Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (773) 335-1650; (Recommended, Weiss)

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. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Free; donations accepted. To March 31. Blue Theater, 1609 W. Gregory. (312) 458-0895;

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; (Highly recommended, Weiss)

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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $10-$25. To March 24. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont.

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)

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