What's Playing at Chicago theaters

January 30, 2013 10:14:38 AM PST
Time Out Chicago Theatre Critic, Kris Vire has a rundown of his top picks of must see productions from the Chicago theatre scene.

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The Book of Mormon Bank of America Theatre
, 18 W Monroe St (800-775-2000, broadwayinchicago.com). $45-$115. Through Sept 8.
The gleefully vulgar musical comedy from the creators of South Park is the toughest ticket in town right now, but a new block of tickets went on sale last week for performances June 4-September 8. Want to get in sooner? Sign up for the day-of lottery and be present two hours before showtime for a chance at $25 tickets.

The Motherf**ker with the Hat Steppenwolf Theatre Company
, 1650 N Halsted St (312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org). $20-$86. Through Mar 3.
Speaking of vulgar, Stephen Adly Guirgis's play has a title we can't say on air, and it's a reflection of the way his characters talk. But they're hardly gleeful: Though the show offers a lot of laughs, this collection of recovering addicts betraying one another is portrayed by a cast that evokes real hurt and mistrust.

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is Theater Oobleck at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater,
2433 N Lincoln Ave (773-871-3000, victorygardens.org). $15. January 31-March 10.
Local playwright Mickle Maher's heady but hilarious verse play, presented as two competing lectures by scholars of the poet Wiliam Blake that slowly reveal a relationship between the professors, was first seen in 2011. It's back for an encore run with its terrific original cast intact.

When the Rain Stops Falling Circle Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center,
2257 N Lincoln Ave (773-404-7336, greenhousetheater.org). $15-$32. Through Feb 24.
Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's ensemble drama follows generations of a family across time and continents. It was one of Circle Theatre's biggest critical and commercial hits last spring; this remount marks the company's move into the city limits after 27 years of producing in west suburban Forest Park and Oak Park.

Other Desert Cities Goodman Theatre,
170 N Dearborn St (312-443-3800, goodmantheatre.org). $25-$86. Through Feb 17.
Currently in previews is Jon Robin Baitz's play in which a prodigal daughter's tell-all memoir threatens to expose a prominent family's secrets. A finalist for last year's Pulitzer Prize, the drama gets a Goodman production whose cast is led by Tony winner Deanna Dunagan.