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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

Sherlock's Last Case

10/2-11/3: Wed 8 PM, Thu 3 PM (except Thu 10/3, 8 PM only), Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM;
First Folio Theatre Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. and Rt. 83, Oak Brook Oak Park/River Forest

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/2-10/4, $25; regular run 10/5-11/3, $34 Wed-Thu ($29 seniors and students), $44 Fri-Sun ($39 seniors and students), $10 14 and under.

Charles Marowitz's play, directed for First Folio by Janice L. Blixt, finds the famous sleuth's life under threat from several quarters. 630-986-8067


9/14-10/20: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Sun 9/15 7:30 PM and Tue 10/15 7:30 PM; Sat 9/14 8 PM only; Thu 9/19 and 10/10, 7:30 PM only
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$80

Theresa Rebeck's comedy looks behind the scenes at the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt's decision to play Hamlet in 1899, to the horror of the patriarchy and the critical establishment. Donna Feore directs the Chicago premiere. 312-443-3800

The Great Leap

9/5-10/20: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM; also 2 PM Wed 10/2-10/16 and 7:30 PM Sun 9/29

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Lauren Yee's play, set in 1989, follows a San Francisco-born Chinese American college basketball player as he joins a "friendship" game in Beijing. Jesca Prudencio directs the Chicago premiere. 312-335-1650

Every Brilliant Thing

9/18-12/8: 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

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)

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.


9/10-10/20: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; also 2 PM Wed 10/2-10/16, 2 PM only Sun 10/6-10/20
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$75

TimeLine Theatre teams up with Broadway in Chicago to present the local premiere of the 2017 Tony Award-winning best play by J.T. Rogers, which looks at the behind-the-scenes world of the 1993 peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Nick Bowling directs. 800-775-2000

The Facts of Life—Satan's School for Girls

9/29-11/2: Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 5 PM; no performances Wed 10/9 and 10/16 or Sun 10/27
Mary's Attic Theatre 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago Andersonville

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/29-10/3, $20; regular run 10/5-11/2, $28-$44 in advance, $30 at door

The 1980s sitcom about a group of adolescent girls at boarding school and their kindly housemother gets a campy spooky twist--and songs--in David Cerda and Andrew Milliken's spoof musical for Hell in a Handbag. Madison Smith directs. 800-838-3006

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

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


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

The Color Purple

9/13-11/3: Wed 1:30 PM, Thu 1:30 and 8 PM (except 9/19, 8 PM only), Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM; also Wed 9/18, 8 PM
Drury Lane Theatre 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace Other Suburbs West

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/13-9/18, $50-$65; regular run 9/20-11/3, $55 Wed matinees, Thu-Sun evenings $65, Fri-Sat evenings and Sun matinees, $70; $50 seniors for matinees.

Lili-Anne Brown directs the musical based on Alice Walker's 1982 novel (featuring a book by Marsha Norman and a score by Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray) about an abused black woman in the south in the early 1900s who finds hope in a relationship with her husband's mistress. 630-530-0111

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.

Cigarettes After Sex

Thu., Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Thu 10/17 is sold out 312-526-3851

Downwrite Trivia Night

Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
GMan Tavern 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

team trivia night hosted by Mark Rose and Bob Nanna 773-549-2050

Scott Burns Organ Trio

Wed., Oct. 30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Winter’s Jazz Club 465 N. McClurg, promenade, Chicago River North

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Thu., Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 23, 8:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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10/15 concert rescheduled; tickets for 10/15 show will be honored at the 10/28 show, refunds will be available if required 312-462-6300

J.W. Williams Blues Band with Laretha Weathersby

Wed., Oct. 23, 9 p.m. and Wed., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.
Blue Chicago 536 N. Clark St., Chicago River North


"Pop América, 1965–1975"

Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 7

through 12/8 847-491-4000

Jane Eyre

10/16-10/27: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM; no performance Thu 10/17 or Wed 10/23
Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$35-$197

British choreographer Cathy Marston's ballet, featuring the music of Philip Feeney and based on the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë, makes its midwest debut with the Joffrey Ballet, and opens the company's last season at the Auditorium. 312-386-8905

Indulgence with Lucy Darling

10/9-12/18: Wed 7:30 PM
Chicago Magic Lounge 5050 N. Clark, Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets$45 front row, $35 main floor

Carisa Hendrix is Lucy Darling, "a stunning and hilarious creature known the world over for her wit, her charm and her exceptionally good hair" in this new weekly semi-improvised comedy and magic show, presented as part of the artist-in-residence series with Chicago Magic Lounge 312-366-4500

The King's Speech

9/12-10/20: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Tue 9/17-10/1, 7:30 PM, Thu 10/17 1 PM, and Sun 10/13 6:30 PM; no performance Fri 9/20; Sat 9/14 and Wed 9/18 7:30 PM only

Buy Tickets$32-$62

Chicago Shakespeare presents the North American premiere of David Seidler's play (based on his Oscar-winning screenplay for the 2010 film) about England's King George VI and the unconventional Australian therapist who helped him overcome his stammer. 312-595-5600


9/4-10/20: Wed 1:30 and 7 PM, Thu 7 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 1 and 5:30 PM; Wed 9/4 7 PM only. The performance on Fri, 10/18 is ASL interpreted.
Paramount Theatre 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora Suburbs Southwest

Buy Tickets$36-$74

Jim Corti directs this musical, based on the 1992 Disney movie about the 1899 "newsboy" strike in New York City. Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) wrote the score, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein 630-896-6666

Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

10/4-12/29: Wed-Sun 10 AM
Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire Suburbs Northwest

Buy Tickets$18.23

Johanna McKenzie Miller directs this family-friendly production, based on the 2005 DreamWorks film about a group of animals who escape a New York City zoo and travel to the African island and featuring a score by George Noriega and Joel Someillan and a book by Kevin Del Aguila. 847-634-0200

Something Rotten!

8/28-10/20: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 1 and 5 PM; also 1 PM Thu 10/10, 7:30 PM only Wed 8/28 and 1 PM only Wed 10/9 and 10/16, 1 PM only Sun 10/20
Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire Suburbs Northwest

Buy Tickets$50-$60

The regional premiere of this hit Broadway spoof of Shakespeare, musicals, and showbiz ambitions, created by brothers Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, is directed by Scott Weinstein. 847-634-0200

Director's Haven 2019

10/14- 10/30: Mon-Wed 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Tickets$10 suggested donation

Haven Chicago presents its fifth festival of one-act plays staged by emerging directors. This year's lineup includes Caryl Churchill's This is a Chair, directed by Lauren Katz; Sonia Sanchez's 2 x 2, directed by Aaron Mays; and How You Kiss Me is Not How I Like to be Kissed by Dan Giles, directed by AJ Schwartz. 773-609-2336

Southern Gothic

Through 10/27: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7 PM
Windy City Playhouse South 2229 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago South Loop

Buy Tickets$80-$100

This immersive long-running production from Windy City Playhouse takes Leslie Liautaud's play about a cocktail party in Ashford, Georgia, in June of 1961 and places it in a facsimile of a real house. Audience members can wander at will for a "fly on the wall" experience that unfolds in real time. 773-891-8985