Nominated for five Tony Awards, Moises Kauffman's play is a drama set in New York City and Austria about a mother and a composer separated by 200 years. $10-$45.
Writer Alexander Harris and director Jaime Roberts return with (almost all of) the original cast members for the final installment in the superhero trilogy about "the underbelly of doing good," which Paul Constant has described as "a superhero movie made on a tiny theater budget." $5-$20.
A play by Jon Marans about a love affair between two of the founding members of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the US. The title comes from the early 20th-century usage of the word "temperamental," which is slang for "homosexual." "An eminently likable docudrama about gay identity in the age of Eisenhower" (New York Times). $12-$20.
Kim Deskin directs Shakespeare's revenge tragedy featuring Rik Deskin, Eleanor Moseley, Eric Newman, and others. $12-$25.
A puppet version of the classic fable about three goats who attempt to cross a bridge, guarded by a troll. Thistle Theater company uses Bunraku, full-body, and rod puppets, designed and built by Brian Kooser. Featuring two puppeteers and original music. $8-$10.
Nine gay men will sit around an onstage "campfire," singing and telling their comedic versions of classic ghost stories, horror comics, and gothic novels. $25.
"Directed by Kurt Beattie, Grey Gardens is a musical based on the fascinating real-life story of Edith and Little Edie, a mother and daughter from the wealthy Bouvier-Beale clan, once great socialites (and cousins of Jackie O) who became fallen, cat-food-snarfing shut-ins. Act one (the problem!) takes place in July 1941, when the Bouvier-Beales are living high on the gilded hog in their still-glorious Hampton estate. This part of the legend is necessary for context, to introduce the family, and to properly frame their fall. It needs to be, you know... there. But it is not worth fully one-half of this darn-nigh-three-hour show. And it is definitely not the most interesting or important part of the Grey Gardens story." (Adrian Ryan) $55-$77.
Twin stories by Julia Cho about love and language, in which a linguist can't talk his way out of divorce and an indigenous tongue is threatened with extinction due to a lover's spat. Directed by Shana Bestock. $10-$29.
Rod Serling's scripts are brought to life by director Tim Moore and an ensemble cast in a boozy, cheerful atmosphere. This round features the episodes "I Shot an Arrow into the Air," "It's a Good Life," and "The Night of the Meek." $18-$23.
Set in 18th-century Germany, Itamar Moses (Outrage, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us) composes a fictional story—structured like a fugue—about J.S. Bach vying against German organists who play dirty as they all reach for the position as prime organist and musical director. $20-$40.
"SMOKED! is marketed as an homage to the genre-defining spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, best known for the Man with No Name trilogy. Ray Tagavilla gamely invokes Clint Eastwood's stoic, irreverent stranger, riding into a troubled town in the grip of a big bad boss. Two of the dishes elicited actual pain. The spring vegetable 'spaghetti' (read: coleslaw) came with mozzarella 'meatballs' rolled in powdered olives, a combination so salty it hurt. The smoked alfalfa-hay popcorn was impressive only from a scientific standpoint, as each kernel carried such an intense cigarette-smoke sensation that it stung the lungs." (Kim Fu) Cafe Nordo at $60-$80.
A new production of the longest-running American musical on Broadway. Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly pursue fame and fortune by any means possible from inside the Cook County Jail. $27-$62.
For nearly 30 years, Unexpected Productions has producing TheatreSports, improv comedy in a competition format. A panel of judges presides over the champion and challenging teams. $15.
Two teams of comedians compete with improv comedy. $12.
A new circus and cabaret show set in a casino, rolling high with the talents of Les Petits Frères, contortionist Vita Radionova, chanteuse Francine Reed, trapeze artists Duo Madrona, juggler Sergiy Krutikov, and former Ringling Bros. clown Peter Pitofsky. $60-$108.
A monthly show with a rotating roster of burlesque performers. $6-$12.
A popular spot for new comedians and experienced comedians working on new material. Free.
"Good open mic, good touring acts," says Stranger comedy expert Lindy West. Plus, they have a "starving artists" menu when you can get a grilled cheese sandwich for cheap! $10-$20.
"The Can Can Castaways, as we've often said in The Stranger, are like a gateway drug for modern dance. People show up at the subterranean, red-lit bar, order a few drinks, expect to see some hardbodies dancing—and they get that. But what they also get is the expert choreographer by Rainbow Fletcher and her team of dancers and designers (often the dancers are the designers) who create dreamscapes from the Moulin Rouge to a bondage club in Tokyo. Fletcher and her team have also performed at On the Boards and other, more august venues, and their marriage of artistry and sensuality is excellent." (Brendan Kiley) $10-$45.