Spotlight: Mike Toomey and friends headline Metropolis' virtual comedy show
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre hosts a virtual stand-up showcase "A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends" featuring headliner Toomey, a veteran comedian and a regular on the "WGN Morning News." Joining Toomey, creator and star of "TV and Me," is Hari Rao, a Zanies regular, and Tim Benker.
Streaming at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and available on demand from Sunday, April 11, through April 24. Tickets are $15 and are available at metropolisarts.com.
New American Folk Theatre inaugurates its audio season with "The Summer of Daisy Fay," a one-woman show based on Fannie Flagg's novel "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" about the dreams of a teenage girl growing up on Mississippi's Gulf Coast during the 1950s. Co-artistic director Anthony Whitaker directs ensemble member Charlie Irving who reprises the role she played in the theater's 2016 production.
Available for audio download through April. Tickets are $10. See newamericanfolktheatre.org.
In other news
• Trap Door Theatre hosts a pair of live virtual comedy shows starring Susan Mele. Mele plays fictional cabaret icon Roxie Starr in "Live From the Closet" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9. At 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, she plays several characters attending a weekend retreat in another show. Tickets are $10 for each production and they're available at trapdoortheatre.com.
• Northwestern University's Imagine U Storytime series consisting of 15-minute videos of family-friendly stories performed by NU faculty, alumni and students continues Sunday, April 11, with "The Tale of Shimcheong," a Korean folk tale about a young girl's attempts to cure her father's blindness. That's followed on April 18 by "Let's Imagine Harold and the Purple Crayon" about a boy who creates his own world using a crayon. Next up is "The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy" on April 25. Free performances stream at 6 p.m. Sundays. Search the Wirtz Center on YouTube.com.
• Porchlight Music Theatre's virtual Movie Musical Monday series continues at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, with a discussion of the 1963 film "Bye Bye Birdie." Denise McGowan Tracy hosts director/choreographer Tammy Mader, who helmed Drury Lane Theatre's revival of the musical. Free. See porchlightmusictheatre.org.
• The Public Theater premieres the audio play "Shadow/land" on Tuesday, April 13. Erika Dickerson-Despenza's play is about family members contemplating selling their business in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. See publictheater.org.