Best Bets: 'HYPROV' returns to cast a spell at ECC

  • Hypnotist Asad Mecci, left, and master improviser Colin Mochrie bring their show "HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis" to Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre on Saturday, April 2, and at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Thursday, April 21.

    Hypnotist Asad Mecci, left, and master improviser Colin Mochrie bring their show "HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis" to Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre on Saturday, April 2, and at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Thursday, April 21. Courtesy of Aaron Cobb

  • Michael Feinstein performs in concert at the Des Plaines Theatre on Friday, April 1.

    Michael Feinstein performs in concert at the Des Plaines Theatre on Friday, April 1. Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

  • Ashley Downs and Adam Houston are part of the ensemble of Giordano Dance Chicago, which performs at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.

    Ashley Downs and Adam Houston are part of the ensemble of Giordano Dance Chicago, which performs at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2. Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg/Giordano Dance Chicago

 
 
Posted3/29/2022 6:00 AM

Controlling comedy

Comedian Colin Mochrie and hypnotist Asad Mecci returns with their tour of "HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis" on Saturday at the Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Way, Elgin. $42-49. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts; also Thursday, April 21, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1250 W. Wilson St., Batavia. $50-$64. (630) 937-8930 or bataviafineartscentre.org. In Elgin: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2; In Batavia: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21

 

Jay Pharoah performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.
Jay Pharoah performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2. - Associated Press, 2018
'SNL' alum

"Saturday Night Live" fans won't want to miss the return of actor and comedian Jay Pharoah this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $28, plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com/chicago. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Friday, April 1.
Sir Andrew Davis conducts Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Friday, April 1. - Courtesy of Peter Tarasiuk
Ode to Joy

Former Lyric Opera of Chicago music director Sir Andrew Davis Conducts Beethoven 9 featuring the forces of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, plus opera soloists like Matthew Polenzani, Eric Owens and more, at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $79-$249. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Lady Gianna Rolandi Davis. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7 p.m. Friday, April 1

Songbook savant

Revel in works from the Great American Songbook when vocalist and pianist Michael Feinstein performs in concert at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $59. (630) 962-7000 or desplainestheatre.com. 7 p.m. Friday, April 1

Jazz dance

The spring season of Giordano Dance Chicago features world-premieres works by choreographers Autumn Eckman's "Retroverse" and Joshua Blake Carter alongside returning repertory favorites this weekend at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $20-$90. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2

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Alton Brown's tour "Beyond the Eats" comes to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2.
Alton Brown's tour "Beyond the Eats" comes to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. - Courtesy of Victoria Will
Something cooking

Food Network star Alton Brown cooks up culinary demonstrations with music as part of his "Beyond the Eats" tour on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $50-$150. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Symphonic Americana

Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and conductor José Luis Gomez are featured in Elgin Symphony Orchestra performances of "Old American Songs" with music of Copland, Barber and Dvorák this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $35-$65; $10 students and youth. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Orchestral outdoors

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra performs nature-inspired works like Florence Price's "Mississippi River Suite," Chris Rogerson's "Oaken Sky" and more on Sunday at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. $20; $15 seniors; $10 students. (847) 965-7271 or northwestsymphony.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley performs at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Sunday, April 3.
Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley performs at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Sunday, April 3. - Courtesy of McAninch Arts Center
Vocal powerhouse

Broadway fans won't want to miss seeing Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley ("Aida," "The Lion King") perform in concert on Sunday at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $80-$100. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3

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