A musical comedy set after humanity has learned that the entire universe exists only within a turtle's dream. $10
Signal Ensemble Theatre's "fantasia" on England's notorious George Joseph Smith murders—three brides dead in their bathtubs within weeks of marrying the bigamist swindler—dazzles at first. The brides emerge, gasping, drenched, from separate claw-foot tubs, the only items on Buck Blue’s netherworld steam-room set, then play catch with a bar of soap while describing a dozen women’s murder scenes. It's lyrical, disturbing, and tantalizingly indecipherable. But after that, playwrights Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic endlessly reiterate two ideas: women under patriarchy too often find self-worth only in marriage, and abusive men play on their insecurities. True enough, but 80 minutes of topic sentences doesn’t make a play. Director Melanie Keller largely limits her agile cast to two attitudes: desperate optimism or portentous irony. —Justin Hayford $15-$23
Stand-up showcase of local comedians presented by Alex Stone, Thomas Brady, Rebecca O'Neal, Sonia Denis, and Sam McHale.
Fans of the reality show can watch it projected on seven screens. Kit Kat house diva Jade, a past contestant, will make “special appearances.”http://kitkatchicago.com
Bruised Orange Theater Company's I Saw You is a charming theatrical interpretation of "I Saw You," "Matches," and "X-Matches" listings from the Reader. Performed in bars, each show features a rotating cast of three actors presenting ads published in the past year, the yearnings of their anonymous characters echoing the banter, flirting, and stares of the patrons. The material is naturally funny--"I backed up your toilet something fierce," "Do you like to churn butter?"--but the actors avoid the trap of easy "sexy" voices and imaginatively embellish the text with a wide range of accents and consistently surprising attitudes (shy to monstrous, robotic monotone to smarmy). —Ryan Hubbard $5http://bruisedorange.org
Weekly stand-up showcase featuring new comedians every week.http://twitter.com/ThisWeeksShow
Rainbow Deli headlines a rotating lineup of comedy teams. $10