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The Chicago Sound Show

Through Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago Hyde Park

The University of Chicago is opening up its common spaces for an outdoor sound art exhibition for site-specific works. The works are on view daily in passageways and corridors of Hyde Park. 773-702-0200


Through 1/5/20: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
CIBC Theatre 18 W. Monroe, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$72-$192

The musical juggernaut by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 800-775-2000

The Harold

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.

Manic Mondays

Open run: Mon 9 PM
Frances Cocktail Lounge 307 E. 75th, Chicago Other South

Lauded stand-ups Taneshia "Just Nesh" Rice and Marilee Williams host this weekly showcase—one of the few on the south side.

The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootennany

Open run: Mon 8 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

An old standby, this weekly show transforms performer monologues (delivered by a different guest each time) into inspiration for a night of masterful long-form improv. The best-of-the-best iO talent typically make up the cast, so the show hops from literal moments from the story to abstract, playful scenes with aplomb.

A Doll's House

9/25-12/15: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM
Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe Other Suburbs North

Buy Tickets$35-$80

Sandra Delgado and Michael Halberstam collaborated on this new one-act adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking realist drama about a wife stuck in a suffocating marriage, which had its first incarnation with Definition Theatre four years ago. Lavina Jadhwani directs. 847-242-6000

Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$10; 21+

A benchmark for local stand-up comics takes the form of a slot at Chicago Underground Comedy—a weekly, curated showcase with the occasional former Chicagoan headlining. Think T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, or John Mulaney. 773-281-4444

Naima Green and Derrick Woods-Morrow

Wed., Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago Hyde Park

An intimate gallery conversation about the artists exhibition, practices, and labor. 773-702-0200

Drunk Shakespeare

Wed 8 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10 PM
The Lion Theatre 182 N. Wabash, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$59

A hidden speakeasy sets the stage for five classically trained actors, one of whom attempts to perform a major Shakespearean role after downing five shots of whiskey.


8/30-12/29: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM.
Mercury Theater Chicago 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$40-$80

Walter Stearns directs the Tony-winning musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, created by Eric Idle, John Du Prez, and Neil Innes. 773-325-1700

Blue Man Group

Open run: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 2, 5, and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lakeview

Buy from Ticketmaster$49-$104

The long-running show (22 years and counting in Chicago) featuring performers in blue latex paint, drumming, video, comedy, and other assorted mayhem continues. 800-258-3626

The Suffrage Plays

11/1-11/24: Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Tickets$30

Artemisia Theatre celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with a trio of one-act plays. Evelyn Glover's A Chat with Mrs. Chicky and Miss Appleyard's Awakening concern, respectively, a conversation between a suffragist charwoman and an upper-class matron and the realization by an anti-suffragist of the folly of her ways. George Bernard Shaw's Press Cuttings satirizes the anti-suffrage views of conservative British politicians. Beth Wolf directs a diverse cast playing multiple roles across all three plays. 773-697-3830

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

11/1-1/26: Tue-Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; also Wed 11/27, Fri 11/29, and Tue 12/24 and 12/31, 2 PM;. check website for holiday schedules.
Lookingglass Theatre Company Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville

Buy TicketsPreviews 11/1-11/2, $35-$55; regular run 11/6-1/26, $45-$85

Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale returns to Lookingglass after its lauded premiere last season. 312-337-0665

Love, Chaos & Dinner

Through 3/29/2020: Wed-Fri 7 PM, Sat-Sun noon and 7 PM
Hotel Cambria 32 W. Randolph, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$99-$189 (includes a four-course meal)

Every Brilliant Thing

9/18-12/15: Wed-Sat 7 PM, Sun 1 PM
Windy City Playhouse South 2229 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago South Loop

Buy Tickets$55-$75

Duncan Macmillan's play (which was filmed for an HBO documentary) offers a "heartfelt personal chronicle of life's joys," with Rebecca Spence serving as Narrator. It opens the new loft space for Windy City Playhouse South, designed by Scott Davis. 773-891-8985

Freshman: A Show About Your Terrible Early Art

Thu 11/14, 7 PM
Transistor 5224 N. Clark, Chicago North Center

Performers share their early writing, songs, paintings, short stories, videos, and more art originally created in earnest for a cringeworthy night of nostalgia and comedy. 312-863-1375

Just Us Gals

Thu 11/14, 7:30 PM
Sleeping Village 3734 W. Belmont, Chicago Avondale

Clare Austen-Smith and Naomi Spungen host some of the city's best comedians every month. This time around features Sunny Grissom, Megan Brennan, Jessica Hong, and Maddie Weiner.

Author Conversation: Lewis Raven Wallace & Tracy Baim

Thu., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Women & Children First 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago Andersonville

Lewis Raven Wallace will join our very own, Tracy Baim, in conversation of Wallace's new book. 773-769-9299

Super Tasty: Bare Necessities

Thu., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$25

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Super Tasty, the cabaret talk show, will be discussing body confidence, interviewing fat model and influencer Carina Shero, and having an anatomy lesson with Ren Grabert (plus a burlesque performance with Ray Gunn). Except to learn about the bare necessities at this months event. Following the event is The Afterglow, where you can purchase items from local vendors. Image courtesy of Super Tasty

P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle

10/29-11/21: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Tue-Wed 10/29-10/30 and Mon-Tue 11/4-11/5, 8 PM; no performances Thu-Fri 11/28-11/29 and Thu 12/5-12/19
Broadway Armory Park 5917 N. Broadway St., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/29-11/4, $15 reserved, $10 general; regular run 11/5-12/21, $35 reserved, $27 general

Jackalope Theatre Company presents the midwest premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's satirical comedy about a Canadian pop star desperate to develop a tougher image. A reality TV show and a pair of hip hop artists help provide the setting for his transformation. Lili-Anne Brown directs this contemporary riff on Pygmalion, with a cast featuring Eric Gerard, Tevion Devin Lanier, and Garrett Young 312-742-7502

Grey House

10/10-12/1: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
A Red Orchid Theatre 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/10-10/19, $15-$25; regular run 10/20-12/1, $30 Thu, $35 Fri and Sat matinee, $40 Sat evening and Sun matinee

Red Orchid ensemble member Levi Holloway's play, directed by Shade Murray, is a horror story about a couple who, after a car wreck, take shelter in a remote Oregon cabin occupied by four children and their "minder," who begin to unravel all the couple's secrets. 312-943-8722

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story

10/24-11/17: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 1 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Thu 10/31, 5 PM
Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park Oak Park/River Forest

Buy TicketsPreview Thu 10/24 $20, $15 students. Regular run 10/25-11/17, $35, $28 seniors, $15 students

David Rice's celebrated ambulatory adaptation of the biography and fiction of Edgar Allan Poe ("The Telltale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum"), which has had several runs at the Peabody Mansion in Oak Brook, now plays with Oak Park Festival Theatre in the Cheney mansion. Christian Gray reprises the role of Poe under the direction of Skyler Schrempp. Audience members with mobility issues should contact OPFT ahead of time to arrange accommodations, as the staging involves climbing stairs. 773-300-9396

I'm Not a Comedian . . . I'm Lenny Bruce

10/23-1/5: Thu 7:30, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Wed 11/20 7:30 PM and Wed 12/1, 2 PM; no show Thu 11/14 or Thu-Fri 12/5-12/6
Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$69-$79

Ronnie Marmo's solo play about the pioneering comedian/social commentator, developed in association wth Bruce's daughter, Kitty, and directed by Joe Mantegna, comes to Chicago after long runs In Los Angeles and off-Broadway. 312-988-9000

The Other Cinderella

10/26-1/19/2020: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; no performance Thu 11/28 or 3 PM Sat 10/26 and 11/2
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago Uptown

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/26-10/27 and 11/1-11/2, $45; regular run 11/3-1/19/2020 $55 Thu and Sat matinees, $65 Fri, Sat evenings, and Sun matinees

Jackie Taylor's popular musical reimagining of the Cinderella story from the perspective of a Black girl from the projects whose stepmother works at the post office and whose fairy godmama is from Jamaica first premiered 43 years ago and has been remounted by Black Ensemble Theater many times since. This current incarnation is directed by Taylor and stars Jayla Williams-Craig as Cinderella, Blake Hawthorne as the Prince, Rhonda Preston as the stepmother, and Robin DaSilva as the fairy godmama. 773-769-4451

Big Fish

9/29-11/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy TicketsPreviews Sun 9/29 and Thu-Fri 10/3-10/4, $25; regular run 10/6-11/17, $35

Andrew Lippa composed the score and John August wrote the book for this musical, based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the subsequent Tim Burton-directed film (scripted by August) about a son reconnecting with his aging father and dad's tall tales. Stephen Schellhardt directs for BoHo Theatre. 773-404-7336