Just in time for Halloween, 500 Clown Theatre revives "500 Clown Frankenstein," its unique distillation of Mary Shelley's novel. A rotating cast will perform the show in which a clown trio tries to construct Frankenstein's lab and eventually his monster. Show co-creator and company co-founder Adrian Danzig directs the intensely physical play featuring Danzig, Pam Chermansky, Dean Evans, Jay Torrence and Leah Urzendowski.
Opens Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $25. (312) 371-975, facebook.com/500clown or 500clownfrankenstein.brownpapertickets.com.
Fall back in Elgin
The city of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission host the second annual free FallBack Arts Festival featuring storytelling, workshops, puppetry and performance. It includes the latest Page to Stage reading of the new play "Diorama" by Elgin native Jeff Whipple. Set in a natural-history museum, the play looks at how employees cope when technology threatens to eliminate their jobs. On tap on Saturday: painting, writing and photography workshops.
Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin. "Diorama" at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Free. See elginfallback.eventbrite.com.
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The Improv Playhouse scares up some nostalgia with its original radio-play adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." The play centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who in effect "plays God" and creates a creature he abandons because of its hideous appearance. Hainesville's George Elliott plays the Creature. Dinner package available in conjunction with Libertyville's Mainstreet Smokehouse.
7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $15, $10 in advance. $17.50, $12.50 at the door. (847) 968-4529 or improvplayhouse.com.