Spotlight: Laugh it up at First Folio's 'Jeeves Saves the Day' & Metropolis' 'Noises Off'
After one of their sorority sisters is sexually assaulted, college students gather for a do-it-yourself, self-defense workshop in "How to Defend Yourself," Liliana Padilla's drama developed through Victory Gardens Theater's 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays. VGT's co-world premiere, produced in cooperation with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, is directed by Libertyville native Marti Lyons.
Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26; and through Jan. 30 at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Jan. 31. $25-$65. (773) 871-3000 or victorygardens.org.
The cast of Victory Gardens Theater's "How To Defend Yourself" includes Ariana Mahallati, left, Anna Crivelli, Netta Walker, Isa Arciniegas and Andrea San Miguel.
- Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography
First Folio Theatre welcomes back bumbling aristocrat Bertie and his ever-capable butler Jeeves in the premiere of "Jeeves Saves the Day," Margaret Raether's latest adaptation of a P.G. Wodehouse story. Artistic associate Joe Foust directs the comedy about Bertie's dealings with his irascible aunt, awkward cousin and a comely chanteuse. Christian Gray and Jim McCance reprise their roles as Bertie and Jeeves.
Previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29; 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30; and 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., Oak Brook. The show opens Feb. 1. $25-$44. (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre revives Michael Frayn's rollicking "Noises Off," a backstage farce set in Britain's hinterlands where a hapless touring theater company is performing the fictional sex farce "Nothing On." Slapstick ensues as the tour winds down, tempers rise and misunderstandings multiply. Joe Lehman directs.
Previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30-31, and through Feb. 6 at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. The show opens Feb. 7. $35, $40. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents "The Cake," Bekah Brunstetter's headline-inspired dramedy about the conflict between faith and family. It centers on bakery owner Della, whose religious beliefs conflict with a request from Jen, the young woman she considers a daughter, who wants a cake for her wedding to another woman. Steve Scott directs the production, which features artistic director Connie Canaday Howard as Della.