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Tara Donovan : Smart Museum

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 22
Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago Hyde Park

This is the first time Tara Donovan is exhibiting her sculptural and 2D prints together at the same time. Donovan, who makes art from everyday objects like thumb tacks, toothpicks, straws, will be presenting her pieces in the solo show, Fieldwork. The opening reception is June 13th 7-8:30pm at the Smart Museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-5pm, closed on Mondays. 773-702-0200

The Recommendation

Through 10/6: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM
Windy City Playhouse 3014 W. Irving Park, Chicago Irving Park

Buy Tickets$80-$100



8/30-11/3: 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

You Can't Fake the Funk

Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; no show Sat 7/27 3 PM or Fri 9/13
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets$65

Daryl D. Brooks's new musical celebrates funk music from James Brown to Parliament. 773-769-4451

Casa Valentina

8/22-9/29: Thur-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 5 PM; also Mon, 8/26, 7:30 PM
The Broadway - Pride Arts Center 4139 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets430-$40, $25 students and seniors (not valid Sat.)

Harvey Fierstein's 2014 musical, set in 1962, follows a group of cross-dressing cisgender straight men who gather together in the Catskills in order to safely inhabit their female alter egos. 773-857-0222

Into the Woods

Through 9/29: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM; also Wed 9/11, 3 PM; 2 PM only 9/15 and 9/29
Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe Other Suburbs North" target="_blank">Buy Tickets$35-$80

Gary Griffin directs Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical, based on several famous fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel 847-242-6000

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen

9/5-9/22: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/5-9/6 $10, regular run 9/7-9/22 $15

The Story Theatre presents the world premiere of Terry Guest's play, directed by Mikael Burke, about "Blackness, queerness, and the fine art of drag," against the backdrop of a wake in rural Georgia for a drag performer who has died of AIDS. 773-338-2177

Midsummer (A Play with Songs)

9/4-10/6: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM.
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/4-9/7 $15 ($10 students and military); regular run 9/8-10/6 $20-$25 ($15 students and military).

Scottish playwright David Grieg and indie musician Gordon McIntyre collaborated on this musical about a mismatched couple's misadventures over one lost weekend. Chaon Cross and Patrick Mulvey star under Randy White's direction. 773-404-7336

The Infinite Wrench

Open run: Fri-Sat 11:30 PM, Sun 7 PM
Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago Andersonville

Greg Allen gave and Greg Allen took away. On December 31, 2016, the Neo-Futurists founder made good on his promise to kill off the company's signature cult show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, ending an unprecedented run of 28 years. The current generation of ensemble members weren't happy. Now they've pretty much reconstituted TMLMTBGB in everything but name, running on the same schedule at the same venue with the same exuberance. Though their new baby is superficially different from the original (where before the plays were numbered, for instance, now they're color coded), it retains the identical goal of offering 30 original short plays in 60 minutes. The performance I saw lapsed occasionally into reductive political posturing, having more to do with tribal affirmation than revelation. But it also had its share of wit, insight, emotional frankness, and dancerly physicality. —Tony Adler 773-275-5255

The Camino Project

8/17-9/22: Sat-Sun 3-9 PM
Ipsento 606 1813 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Theatre Y offers an immersive ambulatory performance, inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, that combines "a five-mile walk through Bucktown and Humboldt Park, a celebratory meal, and performative events that combine theater, dance, and performance art."


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

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)

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.

The Forced Transfer

Opens Tue 6/7
National Cambodian Heritage Museum 2831 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Ravenswood

As a young Buddhist monk in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, during the 1960s, Kompha Seth studied the Brahmi alphabet and Magadhi—a root language of modern Khmer—which had been preserved and passed down for generations. Today, he's one of only a few Cambodians in the world who understands these dialects and their links to modern Khmer. Continue reading >> 773-506-1280

Charles Heath’s Early Risers Jazz Jam

Sun., Sept. 22, 5 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 29, 5 & 7 p.m.
Andy’s Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard, Chicago River North


Claudette Miller Blues Band, Linsey Alexander Blues Band

Sun., Sept. 22, 6 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 29, 6 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band

Fri., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
Blue Chicago 536 N. Clark St., Chicago River North


Pharez Whitted’s Late Night Jazz Jam

Sun., Sept. 22, 9:30 & 11:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 29, 9:30 & 11:30 p.m.
Andy’s Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard, Chicago River North


Five Presidents

9/6-10/19: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Wed 9/11 and Mon 10/14, 7:30 PM and Thu 10/17, 2:30 PM
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$19-$39

American Blues Theater founding ensemble member Rick Cleveland (The West Wing, Six Feet Under) returns with this play imagining the conversation among five living U.S. presidents who were all in the same room at the same time, prior to the memorial service for Richard Nixon. Marty Higginbotham directs. 773-654-3103

Vanya on the Plains

9/11-10/27: previews 9/11-9/14, Wed-Sat 8 PM, opening Sun 9/15 7 PM; regular run 9/19-10/27 Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM
The Artistic Home 1376 W. Grand, Chicago West Town/Noble Square

Buy TicketsPreviews $15, regular run $28 Thu and Sun ($20 students and seniors), $32 Fri-Sat

An old man in a barren dystopian world tries to reconnect with humanity by staging Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in Jason Hedrick's play. Kayla Adams directs the world premiere. 866-811-4111

The Pajama Game

9/12-10/13: Wed-Thu 2 PM, Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM
Theatre at the Center 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster Indiana

Buy Tickets$42-$46, $20 students

Labor unrest in a pajama factory forms the backdrop for this 1954 Tony Award-winning musical (book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross). Linda Fortunato directs. 219-836-3255


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

Whose Body?

9/6-10/27: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM; also Mon 9/16 7:30 PM
Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago Rogers Park/West Rogers Park

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/6-9/14 $20, regular run 9/19-10/27 $45, $35 seniors, $20 students, military, and day-of-performance rush tickets.

Lord Peter Wimsey is on the case in Frances Limoncelli's adaptation of this classic 1923 whodunit by Dorothy Sayers, directed by Jess Hutchinson 773-761-4477

Blue Stockings

9/13-10/13: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; industry night 9/30 7:30 PM
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Tickets$30, $25 seniors, $15 students and military

Promethean Theatre Ensemble stages the Chicago premiere of Jessica Swale's romantic drama about women fighting for equal academic opportunities at Cambridge University in 1896. Spenser Davis directs. 773-697-3830

Mother of the Maid

9/12-10/20: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2:30 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Sun 9/15 and 10/13, 7 PM, and Tue 9/17, 7:30 PM; 8 PM only Sat 9/14
Northlight Theatre North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Skokie

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/12-9/19 $30-$58, students $15; regular run 9/20-10/20, $30-$73, students $15

The mother of Joan of Arc takes the spotlight in Jane Anderson's play, starring Kate Fry under the direction of BJ Jones. 847-673-6300

Sons and Lovers

8/29-9/29: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM.
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$20 previews, 8/29-8/30; regular run $29, $25 students and seniors.

Greenhouse Theater and On the Spot Productions present the U.S. premiere of Mike Brayndick's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's 1913 novel. Brayndick also directs. 773-404-7336

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

Holmes and Watson

9/5-10/6: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; Sun 9/8, 1 PM only
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn Other Suburbs West

Buy Tickets$42

Will the real Sherlock Holmes please stand up? In Jeffrey Hatcher's play, three men show up after the reported death of the Baker Street sleuth, claiming to have survived the plunge from a waterfall, and leaving his sidekick, Watson, with a dilemma. Ron May directs for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. 630-942-4000

Hello Again

9/13-11/3: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 7 PM
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre 721 Howard, Evanston Evanston

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/13-9/22, $25-$30; regular run 9/26-11/3, $34-$59; optional dinner for additional $29

Michael John LaChiusa's musical version of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde follows the love affairs of ten characters during ten different decades of the 20th century. Brenda Didier directs and choreographs. 773-347-1109

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