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Local theater: Celebrating 'Flanagan's Wake'

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'Flanagan's Wake'

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre celebrates St. Patrick's Day with "Flanagan's Wake," the interactive comedy about the residents of a small Irish burg who come together to send off one of their own with stories, songs and a couple of pints.

5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $35. (847) 577-2121 or

On the road

"It's Raining Men" and "I Will Survive" are among the anthems featured in Broadway in Chicago's "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." Adapted from the 1994 Australian movie of the same name, this jukebox musical bears only a passing resemblance to its American film adaptation, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar." It centers on three drag queens traveling through the outback to a remote town to put on a show, but whose real reasons for the trip are much more complex.

The show previews Tuesday, March 19, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. It opens Wednesday, March 20. $28-$85. (800) 775-2000 or

A look ahead

Goodman Theatre kicks off its annual Latino Theatre Festival with the world premiere of "Pedro Páramo," Raquel Carrió's adaptation of Juan Rulfo's 1955 novella, a magically realistic tale about how a man's tyrannical behavior destroys everything he loves, including his hometown. Festival curator Henry Godinez, who plays Pedro, spent three weeks in Cuba rehearsing with Carrió and director Flora Lautén. Developed in cooperation with Cuba's Teatro Buendía, "Pedro Páramo" represents an "important cultural bond between the U.S. and Cuba," Godinez said in a prepared statement.

Performances begin Friday, March 22, at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. The show opens Sunday, March 24. $14-$32. (312) 443-3800 or

-- Barbara Vitello

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