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Theater events: Drury Lane goes 'Singin''

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Drury Lane revives 'Rain'
The stage adaptation of the beloved movie musical "Singin' in the Rain" comes to Drury Lane Theatre. Sean Palmer ("Sex and the City") plays silent movie star Don Lockwood, who falls in love with chorus girl Kathy Selden (Jenny Guse) just as the talkies take over Hollywood. Matthew Crowle ("Spamalot") co-stars as Don's best pal Cosmo and choreographs such popular production numbers as "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Morning" among others.
Previews continue through Wednesday, Nov. 14. The show opens Thursday, Nov. 15, at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $35-$46. (630) 530-0111 or drurylaneoakbrook.com.

'Pippin' with a twist
Circle Theatre puts an international spin on the Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson musical "Pippin," about a young prince searching for meaning and fulfillment who instead encounters betrayal and disappointment. Director/choreographer Kevin Bellie re-imagines the show as a "Bollywood spectacular." Ryan Brewster serves as music director.
Previews begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The show opens Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. $15-$30. (708) 660-9542 or circle-theatre.org.

Senior's Writers' debut
Kimberly Senior makes her Writers' Theatre debut directing the Midwest premiere of John W. Lowell's thriller "The Letters." Set in 1930s Russia, the two-hander centers around an interview between a woman and her supervisor that turns into a power struggle in which each side vies for the upper hand. Kate Fry and Mark L. Montgomery star.
Previews begin Tuesday, Nov. 13. The show opens Nov. 28 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. $35-$70. (847) 242-6000 or writerstheatre.org.

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