Theater spotlight: ‘Peter Pan’ tuner lands in Chicago

‘Peter Pan’ tuner takes flight

The national tour of Broadway’s re-imagined “Peter Pan” lands at the James M. Nederlander Theatre for a limited run. Nolan Almeida plays the titular boy who never grew up opposite Cody Garcia as his nemesis Captain Hook. Newcomer Hawa Kamara makes her professional debut as Wendy, and recording artist Raye Zaragoza plays Tiger Lily in director Lonny Price’s production featuring additional material by playwright Larissa FastHorse (“The Thanksgiving Play”). The preview is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. The show opens Wednesday, March 27. $35-$105. or

Theater Wit presents the Chicago premiere of “Inanimate,” a comic tale about a woman in love with a Dairy Queen sign. Courtesy of Theater Wit

A unique love

Theater Wit presents the Midwest premiere of “Inanimate,” Nick Robideau’s comedy examining objectum-sexuality, an actual condition in which a person is romantically attracted to an inanimate object. Artistic director Jeremy Wechsler helms the comedy about a 30-year-old woman (J.G. Smith) who falls in love with a Dairy Queen sign (Aaron Latterell). Previews at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23 and 29-30; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24 and 31; and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens April 1. $18-$55. (773) 975-8150 or

Otherworld lit fest

Romance and fantasy genres collide for “Romantasy,” Otherworld Theatre’s three-day literary fest that includes readings, panel discussions, podcast tapings, and author meet-and-greet sessions. Writers scheduled to attend include Chicago’s Lana Harper (“The Witches of Thistle Grove” series), Tamara Jerée (“The Fall That Saved Us”) and Megan Mackie (“Silverblood Scion”) along with Samara Breger (“A Long Time Dead”) and Melanie K. Moschella (“The Raek Riders” series). Friday through Sunday, March 22-24, at 3914 N. Clark St., Chicago. Day pass $30; weekend pass $120, which includes a copy of each participating author’s book. The fest also includes performances of Otherworld’s first musical, “Twihard! A Twilight Musical Parody.”

Nature comedy

Sisters Emery and Hazel have happily lived in their tiny, upstate New York town all their lives. But when Emery, from her tree house perch, begins blogging about the consciousness of plants, she becomes a social media sensation, which sister Hazel seeks to monetize in “Rooted,” an offbeat comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Oil Lamp Theater artistic director Elizabeth Mazur Levin directs the company’s Chicago premiere, which stars Julie Partyka as Hazel and Michelle Perry as Emery. Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Adults $30-$48, students $20-$34. (847) 834-0738 or

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