Drury Lane's 'Beauty'
Drury Lane Theatre presents the musical version of the Brothers Grimm tale "Sleeping Beauty" as part of its young adults series. Joseph Jefferson Award-winner Tammy Mader directs the tale about Princess Amber (Megan Long) who is enchanted by the sorceress Magenta (Johanna McKenzie Miller) to slumber until her true love (Will Skrip) kisses her. Opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $15, brunch-theater packages available. (630) 530-0111 or drurylane.com.
Staging the second musical in its history, TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago-area premiere of "Juno" by writer Joseph Stein and composer/lyricist Marc Blitzstein. The musical is based on the 1924 play "Juno and the Paycock" by Irish playwright Sean O'Casey. It's set during the 1920s in a Dublin tenement and chronicles the struggles of a near-destitute family. Then members come into an unexpected inheritance, possibly too good to be true. Associate artistic director Nick Bowling directs. Previews begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. The show opens May 2. $22-$48. (773) 281-8463 or timelinetheatre.com.
The pain of loss
After several workers die in a factory accident, a widow refuses to grieve and declines to accept the owners' blood money in "Mill Fire," the Sally Nemeth play that concludes Shattered Globe Theatre's 22nd season. Sandy Shinner directs the production. In a prepared statement, Shinner describes the characters as "classic Shattered Globes roles. They're passionate and complex people wrestling with ethical issues while their backs are up against the wall." Previews begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens April 27. $20, $30. (773) 975-8150 or theaterwit.org or shatteredglobe.org.