• 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

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

    March 8th through 17th, Footlight Players present A Night of Old Tyme Radio Comedy featuring Alien Invasion, Footlight Theater, 1705 Franklin Street, Michigan City.  Adults $17, Children $10.  FYI www.footlightplayers.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 5th, 7:30 pm ET, Staged Reading, Women Doing-Shakespeare, Acting Ensemble, Ensemble on the Avenue, 602 E. Mishawaka Avenue, Mishawaka.  FYI http://www.actingensemble.com/box-office

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

    March 7th & 9th, 7:30 pm, March 10th, 2:00 pm, Reading presentation, Wonder Boy, American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University, Mussetter-Struble Theatre, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, 1949 Campus Drive on the campus of Northwestern University, Evanston.  FYI https://ci.ovationtix.com/1771/production/1186113

    March 8th through 10th, Danceworks 2023, 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 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

    March 8th through 17th, 7:30 pm, Joffrey Academy of Dance presents Winning Works, Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago.  $30.  FYI joffrey.org/winningworks.

    March 9th through 17th, Mean Girls Jr., Brightside Theatre, Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth, Naperville.  $15-$20.  FYI 630-447-TIXS (8497) or www.BrightSidetheatre.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

    March 8th through 24th, Ira Levin's Deathtrap, Brightside Theatre, Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth, Naperville.  $32-$37.  FYI 630-447-TIXS (8497) or www.BrightSidetheatre.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

    March 7th through 30th, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Music Theater Works, North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.  $39-$106.  FYI (847) 673-6300 or www.musictheaterworks.com

    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

    Through March 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/

    **** 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

    March 9th through April 7th, Aida, Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.  FYI lyricopera.org/newseason.

    March 7th through April 12th, Ronnie Marmo & Theatre 68 present Bill W. and Dr. Bob, running in repertory with I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce.  Richard Christiansen Theater, Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago.  $69 to $79.   FYI www.billwanddrbobonstage.com or www.lennybruceonstage.com

    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.  

    March 8th through April 21st, Two Nights in a Bar, A double bill of one-acts: Chicago premiere, Waiting for Tina Meyer and Chicago Premiere, Text Me, City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago.  FYI (773)-293-3682 or www.citylit.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:

     

    Now Playing in Wisconsin:

     

    Now Playing Elsewhere: 

    Through March 23rd, Chicago Shakespeare's Illinoise, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY.  Remaining tickets from $95 (plus fees).  FYI https://www.armoryonpark.org

    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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