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Night out: Fantastical circus evenings at Excalibur

  At 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 28, BigTop JoJo, the fictitious ringmaster of the Towering Show of Wonder, turns Excalibur in River North into the “Phenomenal Phantasmagoria,” an innovative evening of storytelling, puppetry and original music, with a revolving roster of circus, burlesque, theater and musical acts, including the turtle boy, the […]

You’ll be mighty glad you went to ‘Carousel’

Light Opera Works offers a delicious revival of >Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s poignant 1945 musical, “Carousel” through Aug. 28.

Soo-ee! Pig plays and pig outs in August in Chicago

In Chicagoland this month, there are pigs”you can watch … and other pigs you can eat. Don’t get them mixed up!

‘Sugar’-coated musical comedy a sweet night out

“Sugar” ran for 505 performances on Broadway in 1972 and garnered four Tony nominations. Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace is currently giving it a vibrant revival with lots of local color.

‘Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps’ a thrilling farce

Much in the same spirit as Charles Ludlam’s gothic spoof “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” this madcap pastiche by Patrick Barlow, based on a concept from Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, features four actors who reenact all the roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 film.

21 freebies for Mother’s Day in Chicago

You could take your mom out for the usual Mother’s Day brunch this Sunday, May 9, but why not go where she’ll get a little something extra?

Bold, bawdy new ‘Cabaret’ hottest thing in the Loop

The hottest show in the Loop this season: The Hypocrites’ dark and raunchy new take on the Fred Ebb-John Kander classic, “Cabaret.”

You won’t regret going ‘Into the Woods’ in Lakeview

Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Into the Woods” may not have the dazzling dancing of the hot new show downtown, but it does have all the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim’ Tony Award-winning score and James Lapine’s delightful book, a cast of lovely singers and a fairy-tale plot that’s scarcely more of a fantasy than “Billy Elliot’s.”

Night out: In the ‘Garden of Eatin’ ’

Food is on the table when n.u.f.a.n. ensemble offers another of its quirky, short-run theater festivals at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, March 16 and 17, at Prop Thtr in Avondale. “Garden of Eatin’” covers aspects of food culture from obnoxious food channel divas to unwanted guests at an upscale restaurant, with an assortment of […]

20 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

  Celebrate the ‘Celtic Muse’ at Davenport’s, Wicker Park, 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, March 19, $15 plus two-drink minimum. Gillian Kelly and Claire Bigley perform Irish favorites such as “The Nightingale,” “Finnegan’s Wake,” and “The Rising of the Moon.” $3 Harps and Guinness, too. Visit the Irish American Heritage Center, Irving Park, through March 20. […]