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Theater events: Celeb breakup woes in New Colony's 'Kate and Sam'

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Celeb obsession

Crystal Lake's Mary Williamson plays Kate opposite Nick Delehanty's Sam in The New Colony's world premiere of "Kate and Sam are not Breaking Up." Joel Kim Booster's dramedy examining celebrity and obsession centers on a hot Hollywood couple whose breakup unhinges one superfan who goes to great lengths to reunite them. Buffalo Grove native Stephanie Shum, New Colony's managing director, also appears in the show.

Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Collaboraction Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The show opens Tuesday, Nov. 5. $15, $20. See

Home for the holidays

Fox Valley Repertory concludes the season with Sean Grennan's domestic comedy "Making God Laugh," about an empty-nest couple whose grown children return over several holidays 10 years apart. Artistic director John Gawlik directs the show, which examines unresolved issues, troubled relationships and traditions in families.

Previews begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show opens Nov. 16. $32, $42. (630) 584-6342 or

'Paulus' premiere

Silk Road Rising premieres "Paulus," playwright Motti Lerner's interpretation of the Apostle Paul's efforts to make monotheism universal while confronted by a 62-year-old Jesus and Emperor Nero. Hillel Halkin translated the play, which Jimmy McDermott directs.

Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. The show opens Nov. 16. $25, $35. (312) 857-1234, ext. 201, or

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