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Openings

Equity

The Gift Theatre Company

The Lonesome West—Opens 11/1 and runs through 12/19 (previews 10/28 - 10/31) at The Gift Theatre Company, 4802 N. Milwaukee. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. 773/283-7071. www.thegifttheatre.org

Cast: John Connolly, Paul D'Addario, John Gawlik, Brittany Burch. Crew: Sheldon Patinkin, director.

Marriott Theatre

The Music Man—Harold Hill cons the citizens of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and unforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a piccolo. His plans to skip town are foiled when he falls for Marion. Opens 11/14 and runs through 1/9 (previews 11/3 - 11/13) at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr. Wed 1 & 8pm, Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 4:30 & 8pm, Sun 1 & 5pm. 847/634-0200. $45-48. www.marriotttheatre.com

Cast: Bernie Yvon, Johanna McKenzie Miller, Johanna Miller, Andy Lupp, John Reeger, iris Lieberman, Cory Goodrich, Mary Ernster, Daniel Coonley, Amanda Tanguay, Michael Gerhardt, Alison Pogorelc, Carrie Dobbs, Erica Mac, Tammy Mader, Holly Stauder. Crew: Andy Hite, director; David Kreppel, musical director; Tom Ryan, set design; Nancy Missimi, costume design; Diane Williams, light design; Bob Gilmartin, sound design; Sally Weiss, props design; Patti Garwood, conductor.

Noble Fool Theatricals

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play—The fateful story of George Bailey comes to life as a live 1940's radio broadcast. Patrons become part of the live studio audience and relive the beloved tale of regret and redemption. Opens 11/13 and runs through 12/26 (previews 11/5 - 11/12) at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, additional performances 11/11, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 & 12/23 2pm, no performances 11/10, 11/25 & 12/25. 630/584-6342. $29.50-39.50. www.noblefool.org

Cast: Tom Clear, Jesse Fisher, Anna Hammonds, Stirling Joyner, George Keating, Dev Kennedy, Jack Sweeney, Leikyn Bravo, Megan Graal, Amelia Kuylman, Emily Leahy, Kelsey Pettrone, Rebecca Roy, Annamarie Schutt, Madysen Simanonis, Emily Marie Turner. Crew: Rachel Rockwell, director.

Northlight Theatre

A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration—On Christmas Eve in 1864, a fugitive from slavery and her young daughter have become separated in unfamiliar Washiington, DC. As the desperate mother searches the snowy streets for her child, familiar faces from our nation's history cross paths. Opens 11/20 and runs through 12/19 (previews 11/11 - 11/19) at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tues 7:30pm, Wed 1 & 7:30pm, Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2:30 & 8pm, Sun 2:30 & 7pm, no performance 11/25 & 12/14, no evening performance 12/1 & 12/5. 847/673-6300. $45-55. www.northlight.org

Cast: Felicia P. Fields, Paula Scrofano, Will Clinger, Derek Hasenstab, David Girolmo, Kevin Douglas, Alex Goodrich, Khori Faison, James Earl Jones II, Mildred Marie Langford, Bethany Jorgenson, Samuel Roberson, Matt Chapelle, Kelsey McDonald, Patrick Weber. Crew: Henry Godinez, director; Chuck Larkin, musical director; Tom Burch, set design; Theresa Ham, costume design; John Culbert, light design; Victoria DeIorio, sound design; Dan Katz, properties design; Katie Spelman, asst. director; Rita Vreeland, stage manager.

Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago

Miracle on 34th Street—When a white bearded gentleman claims to be the real Santa Claus, he brings about a genuine miracle, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City. Opens 11/21 and runs through 1/2 (previews 11/19 - 11/20) at Stage 773, 2936 N. Southport. Fri 8pm, Sat 2:30 & 8pm, Sun 2:30pm. 773/327-5252. $38-40. www.Porchlighttheatre.com

Cast: Jim Sherman, Christa Buck, Jim Heatherly, Steve Tomlitz, Matthew W. Miles, Kelly Hackett, Michael Pacas. Crew: Christopher Pazdernik, director; Eugene Dizon, musical director; Jana Anderson, costume design; Liviu Pasare, projection design; Mac Vaughey, light design; Ian Zywica, set design.

A Red Orchid Theatre

The Iliad—Adapted specifically for a young, all-female cast, this version of The Iliad offers a provocative and playful new spin on Homer's age-old tale of the Trojan War. Vengeance, loyalty or honor: which is most important? Opens 11/17 and runs through 12/19 (previews 11/12 - 11/13) at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 312/943-8722. $25-30. www.a-red-orchid.com

Cast: Najwa Brown, Jaiden Fallo Sauter, katie Jordan, Paola Lehman, Melanie Neilan, Kara Ryan, Elenna Sindler. Crew: Steve Wilson, director; Erin Barlow, asst. director; Sarah Fornace, fight & movement director; Michelle Lilly O'Brien, set design; Joanna Melville, costume design; Sean Mallary, light design; Nick Keenan, sound design; Kelli Moreno, dramaturg.

Theatre at the Center

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas—The classic story of a white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus as he produces a genuine holiday miracle. Opens 11/14 and runs through 12/19 (previews 11/11 - 11/13) at Theatre at the Center, 907 Ridge Rd., Munster, IN. Wed-Thurs 2pm, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2:30pm. 219/836-3255. $35-40. www.theatreatthecenter.com

Cast: Robert Hildreth, Kelli Morgan, Grace Goble, Jeff Diebold, David Perkovich, Peter Kevoian, Livvie Goble, Matthew Ghunheim, Blake Spillers, Amy Brophy, Shelley Crawford, Robert Deason, Tony DiPisa, Jenny Guse, Ron Keaton, Ben Kirberger, Alex McCrary. Crew: William Pullinsi, director; Linda Fortunato, choreographer; Bill Underwood, musical director; Jack Magaw, set design; Denise Karczewski, light design; Brenda Winstead, costume design; Alice Broughton, wardrobe supervisor; Kevin Barthel, wig design.

Writers' Theatre Chicago

Travels With My Aunt—Henry Pulling, a mild-mannered retired banker, leads a quiet life tending his beloved dahlias and never strays too far from his home. But when his eccentric and outrageous Aunt Augusta appears, he is drawn into an international adventure. Opens 11/17 and runs through 3/27 (previews 11/9 - 11/16) at Writers' Theatre Chicago, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tues-Wed 7:30pm, Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 4 & 8pm, Sun 2 & 6pm, additional performances 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 1/26, 3/2 & 3/23 2pm. 847/242-6000. $45-60. www.writerstheatre.com

Cast: LaShawn Banks, Sean Fortunato, John Hoogenakker, Jeremy Sher. Crew: Stuart Carden, director; Brian Sidney Bembridge, set design; Jesse Klug, light design; Jacqueline Firkins, costume design; Mikhail Fiksel, sound design; Nick Heggestad, properties design; Rebeca Pechter, stage manager.

Non-Equity

Non-Equity

Annoyance Theatre

Fa La La La…Fuck It—Catherine Sims is struggling to keep her family together while hoping this Christmas will be better than the last. Having to deal with her alcoholic husband and her teenage angst-filled daughter doesn't make things any easier. Opens 11/20 and runs through 12/18 (previews 11/6 - 11/13) at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Sat 10pm. 773/561-4665. $15. www.theannoyance.com

Flames and Blazes—It's 1928 and the most exclusive New Years Eve party in town is taking place on the 60th floor of the "unburnable" Weisscastle Hotel. But when the unburnable begins to burn, guests and servants alike are trapped high above the blaze. Opens 11/5 and runs through 12/17 at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Fri 8pm. 773/561-4665. $15. www.theannoyance.com

Bailiwick Chicago

Departure Lounge—Four less-than-innocent 18-year-old Brits are delayed at Malaga Airport after a week in sun. As they reminisce about their time together it soon becomes clear that their individual memories of the holiday are at odds. Opens 11/5 and runs through 12/12 (previews 11/4 ) at Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 3 & 8pm, Sun 7pm. 800/838-3006. $35-45. www.bailiwick.org

Cast: Devin Archer, Dan Beno, Jay W. Cullen, Erik Kaiko, Andrea Larson, Russ Rainear, Abby Sammons, Brittany Townsley. Crew: Tom Mullen, director; Kevin Mayes, musical director; Jared Moore, light design; John Rotonda, set design; William Morey, costume design; Joe Fosco, sound design; Nathalie Ayala, props design; Kim Dooley, assoc. choreographer; Jessica Cook, stage manager.

Caffeine Theatre

Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll—Part existential musical theatre and part fantasy adventure story, this riff on Carroll's epic poem "The Hunting of th eSnark" examines the psychological life of Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the man behind the Lewis Carroll pen name. Opens 11/16 and runs through 12/19 at Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm, no performance 11/25, additional performance 11/27 2pm. 312/742-8497. $25. www.caffeinetheatre.com

Cast: Alex Balestrieri, Kevin Bishop, Marielle de Rocca-Serra, Laura Deger, Kevin Grubb, Stephen Rader, Michael Reyes, Sara Sevigny, Heather Townsend, Jeremy Trager. Crew: Jimmy McDermott, director; Andra Velis Simon & Myron Silberstein, musical dir; Daniel Smith, dramaturg; Eric Reda, musical dramaturg; Natalja icardi, choreographer; Marianna Csaszar, set design; Philip Dawkins, costume design; Casey Diers, light design.

Chicago Cultural Center

Vet Art Performance Project Series—Veterans and their families work in collaboration with artists from multiple disciplines to create new art about war. Opens 11/17 for one performance at Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. Wed 6:30pm. 312/742-8497. Free. www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

Chicago Muse

Story of My Life—Opens 11/9 and runs through 1/2 (previews 11/7 - 11/8) at Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln. Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3 & 7:30pm, Sun 2 & 6pm. 773/871-3000. $46-56.

Cast: Davis Duffield, Jack Noseworthy. Crew: Richard Maltby, director.

Circle Theatre

Kiss Me Kate—Egotistical actor-producer Fred Graham and his temperamental co-star and ex-wife, Lili Vanessi appear in a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Sparks fly on and offstage as exes quarrel, velvet period costumes rustle and dance pyrotechnics ignite. Opens 11/17 and runs through 1/30/11 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, no performances 12/24-12/26, 12/31-1/2. 708/771-0700. $22-26. www.circle-theatre.org

Cast: Jonathan Altman, Jake Autizen, Andy Baldeschwiler, Julia Beck, Jen Bludgen, Christopher Boyd, Tommy Bullington, Rachel Burt, Audrey Layne Crocker, Wes Drummond, Jon Landvick, Merrill Matheson, Elizabeth Morgan, Andriana Pachella, Gregory Payne, Joshua A. Peterson, Rachel Quinn, John Roeder, Christine Ronna, Jennie Sophia, Gina Sparacino, Noah Sullivan, Kirk Swenk. Crew: Bob Knuth, director & set design; Carolyn Brady Riley, music director; Kevin Bellie, choreographer; Gary Echelmeyer, light design; Peter J. Storms, sound design; Rebecca Miles-Steiner, stage manager, Patti Roeder, costume design; Mary Redmon, asst. director; Patricia Austin, asst. director & dramaturg.

Citadel Theatre Company

The Boarding House—Opens 11/5 and runs through 11/21 at Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. 773/871-3000. $35. www.citadeltheatre.org

Cast: Michael Bularo, Ross Frawley, Luke Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jordan Wakefield. Crew: Scott Phelps, director.

Elmhurst College

Stage Door—This play explores a host of hopes and dreams for a life in the theatre. Opens 11/11 and runs through 11/20 at Elmhurst College, 200 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Thurs-Sat 8pm. 630/617-3005. $7. www.elmhurst.edu/ectheatre

Crew: Tony Noice, director.

House Theatre of Chicago

The Nutcracker—Claire journeys to save her family from the Rat King before Christmas with the help of a Nutcracker, a gift from her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer.. Opens 11/21 and runs through 12/26 (previews 11/11 - 11/20) at Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm, no performance 11/25 & 12/25. 773/251-2195. $25. www.thehousetheatre.com

Crew: Tommy Rapley, director; Kevin O’Donnell, original music.

Hubris Productions

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune—Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook) are discovered in bed and the story that follows pits her cynicism against his romanticism. Opens 11/20 and runs through 12/31 (previews 11/18 - 11/19) at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, no performance 11/25, 12/24 & 12/25. 773/871-3000. $25. www.hubrisproductions.com

Cast: Dennis Frymire, Patricia Savieo. Crew: Jacob Christopher Green, director.

Piccolo Theatre

Robin Hood: The Panto!—Everything seems to be going well after Robin rescues Marian from the evil Sheriff. But Robin's cousin Scarlet (who is desperate to join the Merry Men) finds a magical book - and the spells start flying! Opens 11/19 and runs through 12/19 (previews 11/12 - 11/14) at Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston. Fri 7pm, Sat 3 & 7pm, Sun 3pm. 847/424-0089. $25. www.piccolotheatre.com

Crew: Glenn Proud & Brianna Sloane, director.

Profiles Theatre

Kid Sister—Demi Williams, a sexy 19-year-old single mom and American Idol wannabe, believes only one thing stands between herself and singing superstardom—her stalker, ex-boyfriend, Kendall Fritch. She enlists the aid of her brother, but he wants custody of her newborn baby girl. Opens 11/12 and runs through 12/19 (previews 11/4-11/10) at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. 773/549-1815. $30-35. www.profilestheatre.org

Cast: Eric Burgher, Darrell W. Cox, Allison Torem, Emily Vajda, Marc Singletary. Crew: Joe Jahraus, director; Roger Wykes, set design; Mattison Voell, light design; Myron Elliott, costume design; Jeffrey Levin, sound design & original music; Corey Weinberg, stage manager.

Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Kennedy's Children—One rainy Valentine's Day several years after a tragedy that paralyzed the nation and shocked thew orld, a group of individuals are drawn to an urban bar. Opens 11/5 and runs through 12/5 at City Lit Theatre Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, no performance 11/25. 773/305-2897. $20. www.prometheantheatre.org

Cast: Devon Candura, Michael Greenlief, Anne Korajczyk, Nick Lake, Shawna Tucker, Tom Weber. Crew: Terry McCabe, director; Bethany Schrader, stage manager; Roger Wykes, set design; Ricky Lurie, costume design; Julia Fornek, light design.

Prop Thtr

Jenny & Jenni—Re-introduce yourself to Jenny Fox and Jenni Bishop, the real, original BFF's. They're the girls who invented aeorbics and made working out a worldwide sensation. Two best friends on a journey through triumph and adversity, embarassment and ecstasy. Opens 11/12 and runs through 12/18 (previews 11/5 - 11/7) at Prop Thtr, 3504 N. Elston. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. 773/539-7838. $15-20. www.propthtr.org

Cast: Wm. Bullion, Kim Boler, Matt Engle, Ted Evans, Kathryn Hribar, Christine Jennings, Nick Leininger, Elizabeth Levy, Aileen May, Shannon O'Neill, Sarah Scanlon. Crew: Shannon O'Neill, playwright; Laura McKenzie, director; Ian Zwyca, set design; Brian Lucas, sound design; Jordan Kardasz, light design; Emma Weber, costume design; Dan Laushman, technical director; Donnell Williams, choreographer; Josh Graves, props master.

Rendition Theatre

Echoes of the War—An adaptation of J.M. Barrie's short stories. Opens 11/5 and runs through 12/4 at Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Thurs-Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm, no performances 11/25-11/27. . $20. www.renditiontheatre.org

Cast: Vine Mahler, Matt Babbs, Julia Beck, Deborah Ann Smith, Susan Monts-Bologna, Nick Foreman, Deanna Boyd, Scott Olsen, Daniel Planz. Crew: Tim Curtis, director; Deborah Ann Smith, adaptor.

Right Brain Project

Halfshut—Seven actors, playing slightly fictional versions of themselves, collectively create and sabotage their relationships with God and each other through sex, online dating an pagan storytelling rituals all infused with inarticulation and awkwardness Opens 11/3 and runs through 12/4 at Right Brain Project, 4001 N. Ravenswood. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. 773/750-2033. $15. www.therbp.org

Cast: Dave Boren, Jamie Bragg, Stacie Hauenstein, McKenzie Gerber, Nick Mikula, Susan Myburgh, Zev Valancy. Crew: Randall Colburn, playwright; Nathan Robbel, director; Michelle Roth, stage manager; Jamie Bragg, dramaturg; Mike Smith, light design.

Signal Ensemble Theatre

Aftermath—Brian Jones, founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones, was perhaps most famous for his mysterious death at age 27. His lasting impact on rock 'n roll was masked behind his sexual escapades, high profile relationships and drug induced arrests Opens 11/6 and runs through 12/12 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, 11/15 8pm, no performances 11/25-11/28. 773/347-1350. $20. www.signalensemble.com

Cast: Vincent Lonergan, Simone Roos, Aaron Snook, Joseph Stearns, Bries Vannon, Philip Winston, Dylan Stuckey, Nick Vidal, Andrew Yearick. Crew: Ronan Marra, director; Stephanie Ehemann, stage manager; Tony Ingram, sound design; Melania Lancy, set design; Mark Hurni, light design; Elise Kauzlaric, dialects; Elsa Hiltner, costume design; Mary O'Dowd, properties design.

Theatre Seven

The Water Engine: An American Fable—An inventor searches for a patent for his revolutionary engine, which runs exclusively on water and would eliminate the industrial stronghold on the American economy. Opens 11/1 and runs through 12/5 at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln. Thurs-Sat 730pm, Sun 2:30pm. 773/853-3158. . www.theatreseven.org

Cast: Lindsey Pearlman, Cody Proctor, Brett Lee, Jess Thigpen, Travis Williams, Alina Taber, Cassy Sanders, George Zerants, Dan McArdle, Brian Stojak. Crew: Brian Golden, director; Mike Przygoda, sound design; John Wilson, set design; Justin Wardell, light design; Brenda Winstead, costume design.

urbantheater co.

Brainpeople—A wealthy woman invites two strangers to join her in a strange feast commemorating the death of her parents. Mayannah has done this every year, but her dark purpose remains unclear. All that changes when two damaged souls find their way to her table. Opens 11/12 and runs through 12/12 (previews 11/9 - 11/11) at Batey Urbano, P.O. Box 477868. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 6pm. 773/347-1203. $20. www.urbantheaterco.org

Cast: Marilyn Camacho, Amanda Powell, Kate Brown. Crew: Marti Lyons, director; Juan Castaneda, asst. director; Catherine Connelly, stage manager; Marcella Portugal, asst. stage manager; Matthew Dreier, production manager; Hannah Kushnick, dramaturg; Christopher Kriz, sound design; Katherine Greenleaf, props design.

Van Orthal Puppets

Berwyn Avenue—It's summer 1971 on Berwyn Avenue in Chicago in this piece of puppet theatre. We're bowling, boozing and bar-b-quelling. Two households, alike in dignity…the shimmer of the porch lights illuminates the Martini and Blahute houses. Opens 11/20 and runs through 12/19 at Raven Theatre, 6157 N Clark. Thurs-Sat 8:30pm, Sun 3:30pm, no performance 11/25. 773/878-8337. $15. www.berwynavenue.com

Crew: Cynthia Von Orthal, playwright; Cynthia Von Orthal & Tiffany Lange, co-directors &; Paul von Mertens, sound design; Karen Hoffman, set design; Matt Garwyck, light design; Deb Lindell, properties design.

Children

Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook

A Christmas Carol—Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man, receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner warning him to mend his ways. During the night three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him the past, present and future. Opens 11/18 and runs through 12/18 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook. Call for schedule. 630/530-0111. $12. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com

Marriott Theatre

The Wizard of Oz—When a tornado strikes her farm, Dorothy and Toto are transported somewhere over the rainbow and into the magical Land of Oz where they meet a colorful assortment of Munchkins, the Good Witch Glina and the Wicked Witch of the West. Opens 11/18 and runs through 12/30 at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Call for schedule. 847/634-0200. $15. www.marriotttheatre.com

Cast: Dara Cameron, Heidi Kettenring, Mark Kaplan, George Keating, Andy Lupp, Michael Lindner, Mary Ernster, Debbie Laumond-Blanc, Peyton Royal, Amber Mak. Crew: Rachel Rockwell, director & choreographer; Ian Weinberger, musical director; Jesse Gaffney, set & properties design; Nancy Missimi, costume design; Jesse Klug, light design; Robert E. Gilmartin, sound design; Julia Zayas-Melendez, stage manager.

Theatre of Western Springs

BRICK: the play—Brendan Frye is minding his own business as a stereotypial outsider in his suburban high school when he gets a call that sends his life reeling. Opens 11/5 and runs through 11/14 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4584 Hampton Ave. Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2:30 & 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. 708/246-3380. $6-12. www.TheatreWesternSprings.com

Cast: Erin Richards, Jack McDermott, Caitlin Williams, Ava Thompson, Leah Hardin, George Levy, Shane Burtker, Veronia Boswell, Emily Baker, marco Severini, Lauren Barrett, Leo Fotos, Anna Fogarty, Joel Swanson, Kaylene McCloskey, Maggie Sullivan, Chloe Baldwin. Crew: Emily Monteagudo, director; kaitlin Jeffries, asst. director; R&D Choreography, violence design; David Bielski, stage manager; Kellyn Maguire, asst. stage manager; Ben Fallon, set & light design; Maddie McDermott & Meghan McDermott, costume & mask design.

Improv

Annoyance Theatre

Tuesday on Sunday—A cadre of the best improvsers in Chicago take the stage including members of their normal Tuesday groups. Opens 11/7 for one performance at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Sun 8pm. 773/561-4665. $8. www.annoyanceproductions.com

Cast: Jim Schiedhauer, Brian Wilson, Noah Gregoropoulos, Mark Piebenga, TJ Jagodowski, Linda Orr, John Hartman, Kellen Alexander, Seth Dodson.

Stage 773

Butch LaRue Stuffs Yer Stockings—Holiday time in the LaRue house has always been a time of joy and merriment with the occasional drunken uncle and quirky cousin. Relive the magic with Butch’s fresh takes on social situations and pop culture. Opens 11/12 and runs through 12/31 at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont. Fri 10:30pm, no performance 12/24. $15. 773/327-5252. www.stage773.com

Cast: Colleen Farrell, Amy Hoak, Amy Leuenberger, Jeffrey Policky, Mikey Smith, Jeremy Vosko, Robby Ehlert. Crew: Alex Fendrich, director.

Pub Theater Company

And the Oscar Goes to…America!—Whether it’s a tense business meeting, a school-wide address froma principal, or a ride on the CTA—we think we know the actors and the outcome. But do we? Opens 11/4 and runs through 12/2 at Fizz, 3220 N. Lincoln. Thurs 8pm. $5. 773/904-8777. www.thepubtheater.com

Theatre Momentum

STATUS—This impvoised show dissects the narcissism and incomplete communication of updating status on social networking sites, exploring the subtext, lifes and sound-bit nature of this peculiar phenomenon. Opens 11/6 and runs through 12/18 at Emerald City Theatre School, 2933 N. Southport. Sat 8pm, no performance 11/27. Free. www.theatremomentum.com

Cast: Peter Athans, Erin Monahan, Theresa Ohanian, Jon Sales, Ed Sanchez-Gomez, Harz Sondericker, Scott Whitehair, Paul Whitehouse, Adam Ziemkiewicz. Crew: Regan Davis, director.

Performance

Chicago Cultural Center

Life is One Bit To-Do List: A Woman's Life After 40—This one woman show offers advice and solace in dealing with women's daily to-do lists, including managing time-consuming mates, needy parents, a demoralizing divorce, job lay-offs and the aging process. Opens 11/9 for one performance at Maxim's: The Nancy Goldberg International Center, 24 E. Goethe. Tues 3pm. 312/742-8497. $25. www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

Cast: Terri Lee Ryan.

Borscht Belt Buddies—Borscht Belt resorts in the Catskills Mountains were known for sumptuous dining and top entertainment long before Las Vegas. Opens 11/10 for one performance at Maxim's: The Nancy Goldberg International Center, 24 E. Goethe. Wed 7:30pm. 312/742-8497. $25. www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

Cast: Jimmy Damon, Carla Gordon.

Links Hall

Calisthenics for Shrapnel—This show gives poets an opportunity to "work out" the ammunition and the fallout of our individual and societal investment in the divisions of Colors (race), Collars (class), and Pants (gender/sexuality). Opens 11/11 and runs through 11/13 at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Thurs-Sat 8pm. 773/281-0824. $15. www.linkshall.org

Crew: Marty McConnell & Robbie Q. Telfer, curators.

Don't Hang Up On Me!—A shared bill of gender and spiritual drag meddling in the worlds of 1980's workout videos, motivational speakers, dance breaks and bouffant wig-wearing him/hers. Opens 11/5 and runs through 11/7 at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. 773/281-0824. $15. www.linkshall.org

Cast: Marissa Perel, Anthony Romero, Rocco Granite.

Mayne Stage

Lizz Winstead—Daily Show co-creator and head writer Lizz Winstead brings her political insights and jabs to the stage, taking on hypocrisy with a brilliant razor sharp wit, hitting all the big guys who choose to abuse their power. Opens 11/2 and runs through 11/2 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. Tues 8pm. 773/381-4554. $25. www.maynestage.com

Cast: Lizz Winstead.

Dance

Links Hall

House Brew— Opens 11/20 and runs through 11/21 at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. 773/281-0824. $15. www.linkshall.org

Crew: Samantha Allen, choreographer; David Gerber, choreographer; Hope Goldman, choreographer; Anna Normann, choreographer; Becky O'Connell, choreographer; Lesley Werle, choreographer.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Big Dance Theater: Comme Toujours Here I Stand—The mundane distractions humans seek to evade the shadow of death define this richly-layered work of multimedia theater that reinvents a classic French New Wave film for the stage. Opens 11/4 and runs through 11/7 at Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Thurs & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm. 312/397-4010. $22-28. www.mcachicago.org

Equity

Equity

Apollo Theater

Million Dollar Quartet—Extended through 5/30 at Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. Wed 2 & 7:30pm, Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 5 & 8pm, Sun 2 & 5pm. 773/935-6100. $25-64.50. www.apollochicago.com

Black Ensemble Theater

The Message is in the Music (God is a Black ManNamed Ricky)—Open run at Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 773/769-4451. $45. www.blackensembletheater.org

The Other Cinderella—Runs through 12/26 at Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 773/769-4451. $45. www.blackensembletheater.org

Broadway In Chicago

Billy Elliot the Musical—Extended through 1/16 at Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 W. Randolph. Tues 7:30pm, Wed 2 & 7:30pm, Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 2pm. 800/775-2000. $28-100. www.broadwayinchicago.com

The Lion King—Runs through 11/27 at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. Wed 2 & 7:30pm, Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm, no performance 11/25. 800/775-2000. . www.broadwayinchicago.com

Shrek the Musical—Open run at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. Call for schedule. 800/775-2000. $25-90. www.broadwayinchicago.com

Canamac Productions

Defamation—Runs through 11/7 at various locations. Fri-Sun 7:30pm, 11/7 3pm. 847/501-2986. $20.

Chicago Dramatists

Saturday Series—Open run at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. Sat 2pm. 312/633-0630. $5. www.ChicagoDramatists.org

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Romeo and Juliet—Runs through 11/14 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. Tues 7:30pm, Wed 1 & 7:30pm, Thurs-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3 & 8pm, Sun 2pm, additional performance 11/14 6pm. 312/595-5600. $55-75. www.chicagoshakes.com

The Gift Theatre Company

The Lonesome West—Runs through 12/19 at The Gift Theatre Company, 4802 N. Milwaukee. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. 773/283-7071. . www.thegifttheatre.org

Goodman Theatre

The Seagull—Extended through 11/21 at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Wed-Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 2 & 7:30pm, 11/2 & 11/9 7:30pm. 312/443-3800. $10-45. www.goodman-theatre.org

Lookingglass Theatre

Peter Pan (A Play)—Runs through 12/12 at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 2 & 7:30pm. 312/337-0665. $34-62. www.lookingglasstheatre.org

Piven Theatre Workshop

Three Sisters—Runs through 11/21 at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm. 847/866-8049. $25. www.piventheatre.org

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

First Look Repertory of New Work—Runs through 11/14 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 1, 4:30 & 8pm. 312/335-1650. $20. www.steppenwolf.org

TimeLine Theatre Company

To Master the Art—Runs through 12/19 at TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington. Wed-Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 4 & 8pm, Sun 2pm, no performances 11/24 & 11/25, additional performance 11/26 4pm. 773/281-8463. $28-38. www.TimeLineTheatre.com

Writers' Theatre Chicago

She Loves Me—Runs through 11/21 at Writers' Theatre Chicago, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tues-Wed 7:30pm, Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 4 & 8pm, Sun 2 &6pm,additional performance 11/17 2pm, no evening performance 11/21. 847/242-6000. $45-70. www.writerstheatre.com

Non-Equity

Annoyance Theatre

Co-Ed Prison Sluts—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Fri 10:01pm. 773/561-4665. $15. www.theannoyance.com

Hardcore Dad—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Thurs 8pm. 773/561-4665. $10. www.theannoyance.com

Triple Feature—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Wed 8pm. 773/561-4665. $5. www.theannoyance.com

Barrel of Monkeys

That's Weird, Grandma—Open run at The Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland. Mon7pm. 312/409-1954. $5-10. www.barrelofmonkeys.org

Black Elephant Theatre

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde—Runs through 11/14 at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Thurs-Sat 8:30pm, Sun 3:30pm. . $15-22. www.blackelephanttheatre.com

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy

The Book of Liz—Runs through 12/18 at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, 1420 W. Irving Park. Fri-Sat 8pm. 800/838-3006. $10. www.cicomedy.com

CIRCA

The Other Shore—Runs through 11/14 at Vietnamese Association of Illinois, 5110 N. Broadway. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 6:30pm. 312/353-0138. $15.

Ebb and Flow Theatre

The Censor—Runs through 11/20 at Slimtack Theatre Company, 1142 W. Lawrence. Fri-Sat 9pm. 773/469-5608. $10. www.thecensorchicago.com

Filament Theatre Ensemble

Choose Thine Own Adventure—Runs through 12/11 at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport. Fri-Sat 8pm, 10/30 7:30pm. 773/270-1660. $15. www.filamenttheatre.org

Gorilla Tango Theatre

True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical—Extended through 11/18 at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. Sat 8:15pm. 773/598-4549. $12. www.gorillatango.com

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center

The Muckle Man—Rruns through 11/13 at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm. 708/656-1800. $17. www.jpactheatre.com

La Costa Theatre Company

Stalk—Runs through 11/28 at La Costa Theatre Company, 3931 N. Elston. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm. 773/866-0200. $25. www.lacostatheater.com

Lincoln Square Theater of Chicago

The Gin Game—Runs through 11/20 at Lincoln Square Theater of Chicago, 4754 N. Leavitt. Fri 8pm, Sat 3 & 8pm. 773/275-7930. $20. www.lincolnsquareartscenter.com

National Pastime Theatre

Doo Lister's Blues—Runs through 11/28 at National Pastime Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway. Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 3 & 8pm, Sun 3pm, no performance 11/25. 773/327-7077. $30. www.npt2.com

The Neo-Futurists

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind—Open run at The Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland. Fri-Sat 11:30pm, Sun 7pm. 773/275-5255. $10-15. www.neofuturist.org

Polarity Ensemble Theatre

Long Day's Journey Into Night—Runs through 12/5 at Josephinum, 1500 N. Bell. Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, 12/5 3pm. 800/838-3006. $19. www.petheatre.com

Quade Productions

Late Nite Catechism—Open run at Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 312/988-9000. $30. www.nuns4fun.com

Put the Nuns in Charge—Open run at Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm. 312/988-9000. $30. www.nuns4fun.com

Saints & Sinners—Open run at Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Sat 5pm, Sun 3pm. 312/988-9000. $30. www.nuns4fun.com

Raven Theatre

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof—Runs through 12/19 at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. 773/338-2177. $30. raventheatre.com

Saint Sebastian Players

Cash on Delivery—Runs through 11/14 at Saint Sebastian Players, 1625 W. Diversey. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. 773/404-7922. $15. members.aol.com/stsebplyrs

Theatre Hikes

The Scarecrow, A Tragedy of the Ludicrous—Runs through 11/14 at Pullman Factory, 11057 S. Cottage Grove. Fri 8pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm. 630/305-3895. $15. www.theatre-hikes.org

Theatre Seven

The Water Engine: An American Fable—Runs through 12/5 at Greenhouse Theater, . Thurs-Sat 730pm, Sun 2:30pm. 773/853-3158. www.theatreseven.org

Three Legged Race

Unicorn City—Runs through 11/19 at Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. Fri 10:30pm. 773/935-6100. .

Tommy Gun's Garage

Tommy Gun's Garage—Open run at Tommy Gun's Garage, 1239 S. State. Thurs 6pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 6pm, Sun 5:30pm. 773/728-2828. $58-68. tommygunsgarage.com

Trap Door Productions

Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve—Runs through 11/20 at Trap Door Productions, 1655 W. Cortland. Thurs-Sat 8pm. 773/384-0494. . www.trapdoortheatre.com

Children's

Adventure Stage Chicago

And a Child Shall Lead—Runs through 12/9 at Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble. Sat 2pm, 11/14 & 11/28 2pm, no performance 12/4. 773/342-4141. $17. www.adventurestage.org

Chicago Playworks

The Secret Garden—Runs through 12/4 at Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. Tues, thurs & Fri 10am, Sat 2pm, 12/1 10am, no performance 11/23, 11/25-11/27 & 11/30. 312/922-1999. $8.

Emerald City Theatre Co.

The Wizard of Oz—Runs through 12/31 at Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. Thurs-Fri 10:15am, Sat-Sun 1pm, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 & 12/29 10:15am, additional performances 12/9-10 & 12/16-17 12pm. 773/935-6100. $13-18. www.emeraldcitytheatre.com

I.O.

Storytown—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Sat 10:30am. 773/880-0199. $5. www.iochicago.net

Lifeline Theatre

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type—Runs through 12/5 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. Sat 1pm, Sun 11am & 1pm. 773/761-4477. $12. www.lifelinetheatre.com

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

To Kill a Mockingbird—Extended through 11/14 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3 & 7:30pm, Sun 3pm, no evening performance 11/12. 312/335-1650. $20. www.steppenwolf.org

Improv

American Theater Company

Improv ATC—Open run at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. Fri 11pm. 773/409-4125. $10. www.atcweb.org

Annoyance Theatre

Cheap Beer Improv—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Wed 8pm. 773/561-4665. $2. www.theannoyance.com

Chicagoland & Fish Nuts—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Tues 8pm. 773/561-4665. $8. www.theannoyance.com

Messing With a Friend: An Uncensored and Joyous Romp Through Hell—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Thurs 10:30pm. 773/561-4665. $5. www.theannoyance.com

Skinprov—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Sat midnight. 773/561-4665. $7. www.theannoyance.com

Un-Tied—Open run at InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel, 4830 N. Broadway. Every other Fri 8pm. 773/561-4665. $15. www.theannoyance.com

Untitled—Open run at Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway. Sat 10pm. 773/561-4665. . www.theannoyance.com

Apollo Theater

Baby Wants Candy—Open run at Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. Fri 10:30pm. 773/935-6100. $5-15. www.apollochicago.com

Argos Productions

Whirled News Tonight Presents Newspeak—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Sat 8pm. 773/880-0199. $14. www.whirlednewstonight.com

Blewt! Productions

Blewtenanny—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted . Second Sat of the month midnight. 773/477-8223. $10. www.dontspitthewater.com

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Showcase—Open run at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, 1420 W. Irving Park. Sat-Sun 10:30pm. 800/838-3006. $10-12. www.cicomedy.com

ComedySportz

ComedySportz—Open run at ComedySportz, 929 W. Belmont. Thurs 8pm, Fri 8 & 10pm, Sat 6, 8 & 10pm. 773/549-8080. $21. www.comedysportzchicago.com

Corn Productions

The Super Happy Fun Show—Open run at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. Sat 11pm. 312/409-6435. $10. www.cornservatory.org

Cupid Players

Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Sat 10:30pm. 773/880-0199. $18. www.cupidplayers.com

Fizz Bar

The Cool Table—Open run at Fizz Bar, 3220 N. Lincoln. Tues 9pm. 312/348-6000. $5.

Goodbar

The Bryan Room Presents—Open run at Goodbar, 2512 N. Halsted. First and third Wed 8pm. 773/296-9700. Free.

Green Door Tavern

Speakeasy—Open run at Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans. First three Fri each month 8:30pm. 312/664-5496. $5.

I.O.

1, 2, Fag + Hag—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Fri 8pm. 773/880-0199. . www.iochicago.net

3033—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Sun 10:30pm. 773/880-0199. $5. www.iochicago.net

The Armando Diaz Experience—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Mon 8:30pm. 773/880-0199. $12. www.iochicago.net

Close Quarters—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Wed 10:30pm. 773/880-0199. $5. www.iochicago.net

Cook County Social Club—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Tues 8pm. 773/880-0199. $12. www.iochicago.net

Deep Schwa—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Sun 8pm. 773/880-0199. $12. www.iochicago.net

Felt—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Wed 8pm. 773/880-0199. $5. www.iochicago.net

The I.O. Musical featuring the Deltones—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Sat 8pm. 773/880-0199. $14. www.iochicago.net

The Improv Jam—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Fri midnight. 773/880-0199. $3. www.iochicago.net

Improvised Shakespeare Company—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Fri 8pm. 773/880-0199. $14. www.iochicago.net

The Reckoning—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Tues 10:30pm, Thurs 10:15pm. 773/880-0199. $5-12. www.iochicago.net

T.J. and Dave—Open run at I.O., 3541 N. Clark. Wed 11pm. 773/880-0199. $5. www.iochicago.net

Mutiny

Open Wound Comedy—Open run at Mutiny, 2428 N. Western. First Sun of the month 9:30pm. 773/486-7774. Free.

pH Productions

pHamily the Musical—Runs through at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. Sat 8pm. 773/732-5450. $10. whatisph.com

pHarm pHresh—Open run at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. Thurs 10:30pm. 773/732-5450. $5. whatisph.com

pHrenzy—Open run at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. Fri 8pm. 773/732-5450. $10. whatisph.com

pHrenzy PG—Open run at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. Fri 8pm. 773/732-5450. $10. whatisph.com

pHrenzy pHucked—Extended through at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. Sat midnight. 773/732-5450. $10. whatisph.com

Wheel of pHortune—Open run at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield. Thurs 8pm. 773/732-5450. $10. whatisph.com

The Playground Theater

The Big Yellow Bus—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Thurs 8pm. 773/871-3793. $10. www.the-playground.com

Claymore presents The Free Improv Show—Runs through at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Tues 10pm. 773/871-3793. $5. www.the-playground.com

Extended Play—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Sun 9:30pm. 773/871-3793. Free. www.the-playground.com

The Free For All—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Sun 7:30pm. 773/871-3793. Free. www.the-playground.com

Grafitti—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Fri 10pm. 773/871-3793. $10. www.the-playground.com

The Hill—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Wed 10pm. 773/871-3793. $5. www.the-playground.com

In-Concert—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Tues 8pm. 773/871-3793. $5. www.the-playground.com

The Jump—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Fri-Sat 8pm. 773/871-3793. $10. www.the-playground.com

The Mixer—Runs through at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Thurs 10pm. 773/871-3793. $5. www.the-playground.com

Open Court—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Thurs 10:30pm. 773/871-3793. $8. www.the-playground.com

The Pre-Party—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Wed 8pm. 773/871-3793. $10. www.the-playground.com

The Sandbox Showcase—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Mon 8pm. 773/871-3793. $5. www.the-playground.com

The Sickest F**king Stories I Ever Heard—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. First Sat of the month midnight. 773/871-3793. $10. www.the-playground.com

Williams & Martinez—Open run at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted. Mon 10pm. 773/871-3793. $5. www.the-playground.com

Pub Theatre Company

Bye Bye Liver—Open run at Fizz Bar, 3220 N. Lincoln. Fri 9:30pm, Sat 8 & 9:30pm. 773/904-8777. $15. www.thepubtheater.com

Sketch Test—Open run at Fizz Bar, 3220 N. Lincoln. Tues 8pm. 773/904-8777. Free. www.thepubtheater.com

Red Ink Theatre Company

I Never?—Open run at The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway . Mon 8pm. 773/746-7472. $5. www.redinktheatre.com

Second City

The Absolute Best Friggin' Time of Your Life—Open run at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Thurs 8pm, Fri-Sat 8 & 11pm, Sun 7pm. 312/337-3992. $22-27. www.secondcity.com

The Best of Second City—Open run at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Mon 8pm, Sat 4pm. 312/337-3992. $15-20. www.secondcity.com

HouseCo—Open run at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Sat 9pm. 312/337-3992. $12. www.secondcity.com

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies—Open run at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Tues-Thurs 8pm, Fri-Sat 8 & 11pm, Sun 7pm. 312/337-3992. $22-27. www.secondcity.com

Studs Terkel's Not Working—Open run at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Wed-Thurs 8pm, Fri-Sat 8 & 11pm, Sun 7pm. 312/337-3992. $20-25. www.secondcity.com

Taming of the Flu—Open run at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Tues-Thurs 8pm, Fri-Sat 8 & 11pm, Sun 7pm. 312/337-3992. $20-25. www.secondcity.com

Stir-Friday Night

Bubble Tea Party—Runs through 11/20 at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green. Fri-Sat 7:30pm. 773/871-3793. $15. www.stirfridaynight.org

Think Tank Comedy

Pistol Party—Open run at Town Hall Pub, 3340 N. Halsted. First Tuesday of the month 9pm. 773/472-4405. $5. www.thinktankcomedy.com

Performance

Book Cellar

Essay Fiesta—Open run at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln. Third Monday of the month. 773/293-2665. .

Briar Street Theatre

Blue Man Group—Open run at Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. Thurs 8pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 4, 7 & 10pm, Sun 1, 4 & 7pm. 773/348-4000. $49-59. www.blueman.com

Chicago Center for the Performing Arts

The Edge Comedy Club—Open run at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green. Thurs 8:30 & 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 10:30pm. 312/733-6000. $12-16. www.theaterland.com

Chicago Public Radio

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!—Open run at Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn. Thurs 7:30pm. 312/948-4600. $20. www.chicagopublicradio.org/events

Excalibur

Supernatural Chicago—Open run at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn. Fri 7:30pm. 312/266-1944. $25.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Family Karaoke & Poetry Slam Saturdays—Runs through 11/20 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. Third Saturday of the month 6pm. 847/448-8260. $5.

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque—Extended through 12/18 at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee. Fri 11:30pm, 11/27 9:30pm, 12/17 & 12/18 11pm, no performances 11/28-12/16. 773/598-4549. $15. www.gorillatango.com

Heartland Studio Theatre

In One Ear Open Mike Poetry Night—Open run at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood. Wed 9pm. 773/805-0610. $3.

House Theatre of Chicago

The Magic Parlour: An intimate evening of classical magic with Dennis Watkins—Open run at Chopin Theater, 4344 N. Belle Ave., #1. Fri 10:30pm. 773/251-2195. $25. www.thehousetheatre.com

Innertown Pub

Quickies!—Open run at Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas. Second Tuesday of each month 7:30pm. . Free. quickieschicago.blogspot.com

Latte on Lincoln

Loose Chicks Drinkin' Latte on Lincoln—Open run at Latte on Lincoln, 4229 N. Lincoln. Fri 7:30pm. 773/868-4229. .

Lincoln Restaurant

The Lincoln Lodge—Open run at Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln. Thurs-Fri 9pm. 773/251-1539. $10. thelincolnlodge.com

Links Hall

the DIALogues series—Runs through 11/22 at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Mon 7:30pm, no performance 9/27 and 10/25. 773/281-0824. $12-15. www.linkshall.org

Silent Theatre Company

The Wild Party Variety Hour—Open run at Prop Thtr, 3504 N. Elston. Third Saturday of the month 10:30pm. 773/597-5403. $10. www.silenttheatre.com