• Theater This Week

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    Now Playing in Indiana:   

    Through March 10th, The Story of My Life, Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond.  $24.  FYI (219) 937-8780 or www.towletheater.org

    March 1st through 17th, The 39 Steps, Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago Street, Valparaiso.  $20-$22.  FYI www.chicagostreet.org.  

    Now Playing in Illinois:     

    Various Dates, Porchlight Theatre presents The Cole Porter Festival - A Celebration of the Man and his Music, Various locations around Chicago.  FYI (773) 777-9884 or https://porchlightmusictheatre.org/2023-24-season/   

    March 2nd, 7:30 pm, Olde School Shakespeare Collective presents Measure for Measure, The Raven Room at Redline VR, 4702 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago.  VIP $25, General Admission, $15.  FYI https://www.theoldeschoolshakes.com/upcoming-shows

    Through March 2nd, World Premiere, a home what howls (or the house what was ravine).  In the Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago.  FYI (312) 335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org

    March 3rd, 4:00 pm, “All Things Equal: The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg”, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE), McAninch Arts Center (MAC), College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn.  $40-$50. (Single show tickets go on sale July 27th).  FYI www.btechicago.com.

    Through March 3rd, Love Letters, limited engagement fundraiser, Steel Beam Theatre,  111 W. Main Street, St. Charles.  $22-$28.  FYI https://steelbeamtheatre.thundertix.com/events/223766.

    Through March 3rd, Dracula: a feminist revenge fantasy, really, Josephine Louis Theater, Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.  FYI (847) 491-7282 or https://wirtz.northwestern.edu/box-office/

    Through March 3rdThe Outgoing TideBuffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE), McAninch Arts Center (MAC), College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn.  $44 (Single show tickets go on sale July 27th).  FYI www.btechicago.com.

    Through March 3rd, The Gift Theatre presents Mothers, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.  FYI (773) 283-7071 or thegifttheatre.org 

    Through March 3rd, Richard III, Courtyard Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 600 E. Grand, Chicago.   FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com.

    Through March 3rd, MPAACT presents Tad in 5th City, Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago.  $22-$50.  FYI (773) 404-7336 or  https://ci.ovationtix.com/36644/production/1176151?performanceId=11344364

    Through March 3rdSUNSETS: TWO ACTS ON A BEACHOpen Space Arts, 1411 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago.  $25.00 ($20 seniors/students, $15 OSA members).  FYI https://www.goelevent.com/OpenSpaceArts/e/Search

    February 28th through March 3rd, Message in a Bottle, Broadway in Chicago, Cadillac Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago.  FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com. 

    Through March 9th, Flood, Shattered Globe Theatre, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.  FYI  (773) 975-8150 or sgtheatre.org.  

    February 27th through March 10th, Mrs. Doubtfire, Broadway in Chicago, James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago.  FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and www.BroadwayInChicago.com. 

    Through March 10th, In QuietnessA Red Orchid Theatre, 5631 N. Wells Street, Chicago.  FYI  (312) 943-8722 or www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

    Through March 10th, TWIHARD!  A Twilight Musical Parody, Otherworld Theatre Company, 3914 N. Clark St., Chicago.  $30.  FYI www.otherworldtheatre.org

    Through March 10th, Porchlight Theatre presents Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Ave., Chicago.  FYI (773) 777-9884 or https://porchlightmusictheatre.org/2023-24-season/

    **** Through March 16th, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, Courtyard Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago.  $42 Adults, $26 for students 18 & under.  FYI (312) 595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com.

    **** Through March 16th, The SpongeBob Musical, The Theatre for Young Audiences, Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

    Through March 16th, Chicago Premiere, The Smuggler, Jackalope Theatre Company, Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago.  $15-$35.  FYI  (773) 340-2543 or JackalopeTheatre.com

    Through March 17th, Silent Sky, Citadel Theatre, West Campus bldg, Lake Forest School District, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.  $20.  FYI (847) 735-8554, ext. 1 or  www.citadeltheatre.org

    Through March 17th, World Premiere, brother sister cyborg space, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville), Chicago.  FYI (773) 338-2177 or raventheatre.com  

    Through March 17th, Fiddler on the RoofDrury Lane Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace. FYI (630) 530-0111 or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. TicketMaster (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com.

    Through March 17th, In the Heights, Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.  FYI (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com

    Through March 24th, Shakespeare's R & J, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago.  $25-$35.  FYI www.pridearts.org 

    Through March 24th, The Band's Visit, Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.  FYI (847) 242-6000 or www.writerstheatre.org. 

    Through March 24th, Billy Elliott: The Musical, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. FYI (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com.

    Through March 24th, The Matchbox Magic Flute, Owen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago.  FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

    Through March 24th, The Reclamation of Madison HemingsAmerican Blues Theater, 5627 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.  $25-$65.  FYI (773) 654-3103 or  www.americanbluestheater.com 

    **** Through March 24th, The Diary of Anne Frank, Young People's Theatre of Chicago, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.  Ages 9+.  (773) 404- 7336 or yptchi.org.  

    Through March 24th, Notes from the Field, TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.  $52-$67.  FYI (773) 281-8463 x6 or timelinetheatre.com

    Through March 27th, World Premiere, Party At The Pantheon: A Modern Greek Stoner Comedy, Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., Chicago.  $25.  www.TheFactoryTheater.com

    February 29th through March 30th, Chicago Premiere, In His Hands, First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.  FYI www.firstfloortheater.com.  

    **** Through March 30th, James and the Giant Peach, Theatre for Young Audiences, Marriott Theatre, 10 Mriott Drive, Lincolnshire.  FYI (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com

    March 2nd through 31st, Chicago Premiere, The Penelopiad, Albert Theatre, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago.  FYI (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

    Through April 6th, Wipeout, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago.  FYI https://www.rivendelltheatre.org/

    **** March 2nd through April 7th, Skunk and Badger, Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago.  $20.  FYI (773) 761-4477 or https://lifelinetheatre.com/performances/2023-2024/skunk-and-badger

    Through April 14th, The Time Machine: A Tribute to the 80s, Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 North Clark, Chicago.  $56.50 - $66.50.  FYI (773) 769-4451 or www.blackensemble.org.  

    Through May 25th, 2024 Black Excellence Revue, UP Comedy Club, The Second City, 230 W. North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI https://www.secondcity.com/shows/chicago/the-black-excellence-revue-2024/?tickets=&date=#schedule

    Through June 30th, 7:30 pm, Dennis Watkins in partnership with the Goodman Theatre & Petterino's announces The Magic Parlor with Dennis Watkins, 50 W. Randolph, Chicago.  $85 ($115 for performance + encore experience).  FYI (312) 443-3800 or TheMagicParlourChicago.com.

    At Second City 

    Open Run, Tuesdays through Thursdays. 8:00 pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00 & 10:00 om, Sundays, 7:00 pm, 111th Revue, Don't Quit Your Daydream, Mainstage, The Second City. 1616 N. Wells, Chicago.  FYI www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Thursdays, 8:00 pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00 & 10:00 pm, Sundays, 4:00 pm, Eat, Pray, Bigfoot in Love, e.t.c. Theatre, The Second City, 230 W. North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Thursdays, 8:00 pm, Sundays, 7:00 pm, The Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night, UP Comedy Club, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Mondays, 8:00 pm, Saturdays, 3:00 pm, The Best of The Second City, Main Stage, The Second City, 1616 N. Wells, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Sundays, 12:00 noon, The Second City’s Improv Brunch, 

    Open Run, Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00 pm, Late Night Date Night, UP Comedy Club, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Saturdays, 7:30 & 9:00 pm, the completely improvised, full band musical, Baby Wants Candy, Donny's Skybox Theatre, 4th Floor, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Saturdays, 7:30 pm, Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery, The Blackout Cabaret, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Fridays, 8:00 pm, Saturdays, 6:00 pm, ComedySportz Chicago: The Greatest Comedy Competition of All Time, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Fridays, 10:00 pm, House Party: The Late Night Game Show, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Thursdays, 7:00 pm, League Night, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Fridays, 8:30 pm, Baby Wants Candy presents Shamilton, the Improvised Hip-Hop American Musical, Donny's Skybox Theatre, 4th Floor, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Open Run, Saturdays, 9:30 pm, Trapped in a Musical, The Second City, 230 W North Avenue, Chicago.  FYI 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.

    Now Playing in Michigan:

     

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    Now Playing Elsewhere: 

    February 28th through March 24th, Cambodian Rock Band, TheatreSquared, 477 W. Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.  FYI (479) 777-7477 or theatre2.org/subscribe.

    Now Playing in London: 

    Link to London guide: https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/theatre-news/news/your-guide-to-london-theatre-shows

    **** Family Friendly and/or Children's Theatre

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