Profiles Theatre opens its 26th season with "Reasons to be Happy," its 11th premiere by resident playwright Neil LaBute. A sequel to LaBute's 2008 play "reasons to be pretty," "Reasons to be Happy" revisits Steph and Greg, a former couple now involved with other people, who reconsider their breakup in this examination of romance's rocky road. Profiles artistic director Darrell W. Cox helms this Midwest premiere.
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Previews begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. The show opens Aug. 28. $20-$40. (773) 549-1815 or profilestheatre.org.
Simon in St. Charles
Signal Ensemble Theatre founder and co-artistic director Ronan Marra makes his Fox Valley Repertory directorial debut with Neil Simon's coming-of-age comedy "Brighton Beach Memoirs." The first in Simon's Eugene trilogy, it centers on 15-year-old Eugene Jerome and the challenges he faces living with his parents and extended family, including a pair of pampered cousins and a widowed aunt.
Previews begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The show opens Sept. 6. $32, $42. (630) 584-6342 or foxvalleyrep.org.
30 plays/60 minutes
The Neo-Futurists bring their long-running, ever-changing show "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre for a brief run. Now in its 26th year, the show consists of at least 30 plays typically lasting two minutes or less.
8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 28-30, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $20. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.
-- Barbara Vitello