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Updated: March 6, 2013 6:13PM
ACCOMPLICE. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents a comic murder mystery. Directed by Robin M. Hughes. Previews March 14-16. Opens March 17. Thu, 7:30 pm; Fr, 8 pm; Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $28-$36. To April 21. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121; MetropolisArts.com.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents the classic children’s tale of Alice and her adventures. Directed by Matt Raftery. Previews March 14-22. Opens March 23. Tue-Sat, 10 am. $15. To May 18. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200; MarriottTheatre.com.
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. 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; theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.
CORIOLANUS. The Hypocrites presents Shakespeare’s tragic tale of the legendary Roman leader. Directed by Geoff Button. Previews March 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; the-hypocrites.com.
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. 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; ParamountAurora.com.
GOD OF CARNAGE. BrightSide Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning comedy about two sets of parents meeting to deal with the unruly behavior of their children. Directed by Derek Bertelsen. Opens March 14. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$24. To March 23. Madden Theatre at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469; BrightSideTheatre.com.
THE LA RONDE PROJECT. Street Tempo Theatre presents three plays running in repertory: “La Ronde,” directed by Tim Curtis; “The Blue Room,” directed by Brian Posen and Cody Spellman; “F**king Men,” directed by Scott Olsen. Opens March 13, 14 and 15, respectively. Days, times vary. $28; $60 for all three. To April 14. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; Stage773.com.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE. The Goodman Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story of vice and virtue set amid a 1970s New York City backdrop. Directed by Robert Falls. Previews March 9-17. Opens March 18. $25-$86. To April 14. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. (312) 443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org.
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 8-15. 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; CourtTheatre.org.
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 8-15. 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; smokeyjoescafechicago.com.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Northlight Theatre presents the story of a couple of small-town Irishmen who hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their little village. Directed by J.R. Sullivan. Previews March 8-14. Opens March 15. 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. $25-$72. To April 14. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300; northlight.org.
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; aredorchidtheatre.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. Fri-Sat, 10 pm; Sun, 7 pm. $20. To March 23. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (773) 539-7838; propthtr.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 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)
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. Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $25-$30. To April 7. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 Bryn Mawr. (773) 728-7529; redtwist.org.
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)
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. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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. 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. (Somewhat recommended, Weiss)
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 April 7. 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. (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; timelinetheatre.com. (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. Fri-Sat, 8 pm; closes Sun, 7 pm. $15-$25. Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee. (312) 226-9633; collaboraction.org. (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. dwtfam.bpt.me.
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.
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. Days and times vary. $13-$16. To June 2. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100; EmeraldCityTheatre.com.
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. 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. (Recommended, Weiss)
THE FALL OF HEAVEN. Congo Square Theatre presents the stage adaptation of Walter Mosley’s “The Tempest Tales.” Directed by Daniel Bryant. Days, times. $35. To March 24. Congo Square Theatre, 4529 N. Beacon. (773) 296-1108; congosquaretheatre.org. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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)
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. 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. (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. Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2, 8 pm; closes Sun, 2 pm. $25-$59. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. (773) 325-1700; mercurytheaterchicago.com. (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; closes March 9 at 11 am; $15. Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
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)
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; strawdog.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)
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. Sun, 9:30 pm. $10. To March 17. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com.
KILL SHAKESPEARE. Strawdog Theatre Company brings pits your favorite Shakespeare heroes against his most menacing villains in an epic adventure. Directed by Anderson Lawfer. Sun, noon; Mon-Tue, 8 pm. $15. To March 26. Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway. (866) 811-4111; strawdog.org.
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; closes Sun, 2 pm. $30-$39. Stage 772, 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252; stage773.com. (Highly recommended, Weiss)
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)
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 Sept. 1. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. (773) 935-6100. (Recommended, Weiss)
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. Thu, 8 pm. $15. To April 11. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.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.
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; questensemble.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.
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. Sat-Sun, 2 pm. $14. To April 7. Gorilla Tango Skokie, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.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.
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. Sat, 11 am. $16-$20. To March 23. Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand; chicagoshakes.com.
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. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. (312) 633-0630; chicagodramatists.org.
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. theaterwit.org.
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 April 14. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. (847) 242-6000; writerstheatre.org. (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, Mon, 8 pm. $5-$10. To May 6. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (312) 409-1954; barrelofmonkeysorg.
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. Sat, 11:30 pm. $20. To March 30. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.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. (Not recommended, Weiss)
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. 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. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. $20-$25. To April 17. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston. (800) 838-3006; newlincolntheatre.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)