Things to do April 21-27: Dane Cook, Shen Yun, Earth Day events and more
"Airness": 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, April 20 through May 21, at Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. A woman enters her first air guitar competition and befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion. $20-$40. citadeltheatre.org.
"Disconnect": 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 19-21, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Jenks Hall, 433 N. Howard St., Wheaton. Wheaton College's Arena Theater presents a collection of plays in one act by various authors. Ranging across several genres and styles, these stories explore the ways in which we try to connect with each other. The results are funny, absurd and heartbreaking. $11.50-$17.25. tickets.wheaton.edu.
"How Blood Go": 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 20-21; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Lisa Langford's Afrofuturism-infused story of two family members who are subjected to medical experiments without their consent 50 years apart. $35; $20 seniors and students. (312) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org/howbloodgo.
Marlon Wayans: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. For ages 18 and older. $49-$60. improv.com/chicago.
Shen Yun: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 20-21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22; and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Experience 5,000 years of Chinese music and dance. $80-$180. rosemont.com.
"The Last Queen of Camelot": 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Edge Theater, Black Box, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago. Guinevere and Morgan, the two most powerful women in Camelot, each seek to claim control of their destiny. $20, $15 for seniors and students. idlemuse.org.
Friday, April 21
St. Charles Community Garage Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in St. Charles. Homes throughout the village will hold garage sales to raise funds for the STC Underground Teen Center. stcunderground.com.
"The Lightning Thief": 10 a.m. and noon Friday, April 21, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Center Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Adapted from the best-selling book by Rick Riordan. $9-$26. northshorecenter.org.
Elgin Symphony's Friday Favorites "Music You Know-Spring Edition": 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Second Baptist Church, 1280 Summit St., Elgin. $20, $5 for students. elginsymphony.org.
"April Foolishness!": 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. The Lake Forest Lake Bluff Chamber's Pop-Up Comedy Club and Taste of Things To Come, with stand-up comedy from Rick Young, Bill Bunker and Laura Hugg; tastings from local restaurants; a cash bar and more. $35. lflbchamber.com.
CCS 5K GlowRun: 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Calvary Christian School, 9S200 Route 59, Naperville. Chip-timed 3.1-mile evening run and 1-mile walk. A glow party with music and food trucks happens before and after the race. Activities start at 7 p.m.; the first wave of runners will take off at 8 p.m. $35-$45. runsignup.com.
"Love, Loss and What I Ate": 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Mudlark Theater, 1417 Hinman Ave., Evanston. In this new play, written by the actors themselves, the actors used their own family's recipes to inspire the play. $20. mudlarktheater.org.
World Ballet Series "Cinderella": 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. A production of the fairy tale mixing the majesty of classical ballet with humor. $35-$85. waukeganil.gov.
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express": 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Agatha Christie's classic tale, brought to the stage with a spark of humor by Ken Ludwig's script and presented by Theatre 121. $18-$26. theatre121.org.
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or Off with their Heads and On Again": 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 6 at Three Brothers Theatre, 115 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. A fairy tale for adults in which Alice has been summoned by the citizens of Wonderland to fulfill a prophecy, but it becomes clear that Wonderland is not what it seems. $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, students and military. threebrotherstheatre.com.
"D.O.A." at Steel Beam: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 21-May 14, at Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. "D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival, a theatrical film noir)," by Elizabeth Lovelady, is a comic thriller film noir play based on the movie from 1950. Sean Hargadon directs. $28 adults; $25 seniors; $22 students. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com.
Chicago Symphony at Wheaton: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Edman Memorial Chapel, 401 E. Franklin, Wheaton. Pianist Daniil Trifonov performs Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto with the CSO, conducted by Fabien Gabel. Preconcert conversation featuring Kyle Dzapo in Amerding Concert Hall. Tickets are available at cso.org/wheaton or (312) 294-3000.
Fear No Art Festival: 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. The Annual Fear No Art Festival features emerging choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, actors, photographers, artists, graphic designers and poets. $12; $5 for kids younger than 12; $10 for seniors and military. jlcenter.clcillinois.edu.
"Jack": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Children's Theatre of Elgin presents the story of Jack, from beanstalks to adventures with Jill to jumping over a candlestick. Spanish supertitles on Friday; American Sign Language on Sunday. $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. cteelgin.com.
Laugh Out Loud Classic: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 6 at Laugh Out Loud Theater, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. Improv from four comedians from Laugh Out Loud's ensemble who have the audience shout out suggestions to create scenes, songs and games. 7:30 p.m. shows are family-friendly; 9 p.m. shows are for adults. $25. laughoutloudtheater.com/schaumburg.
Masters of Sketch "The Arnold Palmer Show": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at Three Brothers Theatre, 115 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. The Masters of Sketch perform a show that's half sketch comedy, half improv. Rated R. $20. threebrotherstheatre.com.
Neil Simon's "Rumors": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. A dinner party goes hilariously wrong when the host and hostess disappear after one seems to have shot the other. $38, $34 for seniors and students. skokietheatre.org/rumors.html.
"Now and Then": 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays, April 21-30, at STC Theater, 3755 E. Main St., Suite 158, St. Charles. Romantic comedy about the costs of the choices we make and the people who make them with us. $22. stctheater.com/now-and-then/.
"On Golden Pond": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Stageworks, 204 Dearborn Court, Unit 104, Geneva. Classic American comedic drama. $20. stageworks.yapsody.com.
Bob Jay: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at CG's Comedy Club, 619 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Chicago-based impressionist Bob Jay performs. 21 and older. $20. cgscomedyclub.com.
Noah Gabriel CD release party: 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora. "One Wing Shy" is Noah Gabriel's 13th release. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10, $15 at the door. themusicvenue.org.
Saturday, April 22
Art and Market Aurora: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Society 57, 100 S. River St., Aurora. Features a variety of regular and rotating local makers at the seasonal indoor market. auroradowntown.org.
Health & Wellness Fair: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22, at Courts Plus, 186 S. West Ave., Elmhurst. Health and wellness info, personal trainers will be on hand, free samples and more. epd.org.
Party for the Planet: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Brookfield Zoo parking lot, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Recycling event presented by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. Representatives from the zoo and its partner organizations will collect and recycle a variety of items. Head to the South Mall at 10:30 a.m. to assist the groundskeepers in planting a tree to commemorate the day. For a list of acceptable recyclables, see czs.org/PartyPlanet.
Earth Day, Birth Day: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Learn about the history and significance of Earth Day, then join a naturalist-guided hike through the springtime woodlands to pick up trash. Free. Register at (630) 444-3190 or email@example.com.
Artistry in Wood woodcarving show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at Cantigny Visitors Center Gallery, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. North Suburban Carvers and Cantigny Park present a fine art exhibit and sale of original handcrafted woodcarvings, turnings, wood-burning art, ornaments and special occasion gifts from Midwest woodcarvers. Free with $5 parking fee. cantigny.org.
"Junie B's Essential Survival Guide to School": 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 Benton Ave., Naperville. Junie B. Jones shares her hard-won expertise on how to survive school and shows how school is sometimes scary, sometimes fun and always something to sing about. $15 for adults, $10 for kids. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.
Storytelling Through Dance, "The Ugly Duckling": 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Dancers from Salt Creek Ballet Company will share the story of the Ugly Duckling through dance. Attendees will learn basic ballet steps and create their own dance movements for the Ugly Duckling and the Swan. For kids ages 3-8 with a caregiver. westmontlibrary.org.
Spring Brook, Back from the Dead: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. James Farm, 2S541 Winfield Road, Warrenville. Learn how Spring Brook was restored to ecological health and continues to better the environment on this 2-mile, creek-side nature walk. For ages 18 and older. $5 per person. Register at dupageforest.org or (630) 933-7248.
The Franchise Show: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Meet representatives from successful franchises and learn about owning your own business. Tickets start at two for $10. franchiseshowinfo.com/chicago-visitor.
Earth Day Celebration: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Explore Earth-friendly activity and craft stations, create a reusable tote bag, plant seeds, go on guided hikes and more. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Defenders. Free. mccdistrict.org.
Earth Day Festival: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook. Live music, local artisan demonstrations on how to shrink your carbon footprint, see bees and live animals, vendors, hands-on exhibits, make s'mores at a campfire, create a nature craft and more. Hosted by the Will County Forest Preserve District. Free, no registration is required. napervilleparks.org/earthweeknaperville.
Elgin Symphony's "Sounds of the Seasons, Spring": 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Barrington Area Public Library, 505 Northwest Hwy., Barrington. Free. elginsymphony.org.
Author Conversation with Ann Cleeves and Lori Rader-Day: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson, Naperville. Author presentation, audience Q&A and a signing line. $10. AnnCleevesLoriRaderDayAndersons.eventcombo.com.
Wild Game Dinner and Veterans of Comedy Show: 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Wauconda American Legion Post 911, 515 S. Main St., Wauconda. A comedy show featuring Veterans of Comedy and a wild game dinner prepared by Executive Chefs Francisco Ocampo-Barrios and Glenn Keenan from Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Proceeds will support Veterans Path to Hope Outdoors. $75. woodstockilchamber.com.
24-Hour Play Competition Performance: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at McHenry County College, 8900 Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. The competition challenges groups of two to seven people to write, rehearse and perform a play within 24 hours. Groups will arrive at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, and work through April 22 until performances begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. mchenry.edu.
The Neverly Brothers: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora. "Rock 'n' Roll Tribute: Elvis to The Beatles" 20th anniversary tour. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $25-$35; $30-$40 at the door. themusicvenue.org.
Professional Championship Bull Riders & Cuernos Chuecos, USA vs. Mexico: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at NOW Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. International bull riding showdown. $19-$64. nowarena.com.
Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Edman Memorial Chapel, 401 E. Franklin St., Wheaton. Wheaton College Conservatory of Music spring concert. $5.90-$11.80. tickets.wheaton.edu.
Ana Gabriel, "Por Amor A Ustedes Tour": 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $69-$189. rosemont.com/allstate.
Singer/songwriter Ana Gabriel will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Rosemont's Allstate Arena.
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Sunday, April 23
Naperville Women's Half Marathon/5K: 7-11 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at North Central College, 30 N. Brainard, Naperville. The race travels through the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. $15-$85. napervillewomenshalf.events.
Brookfield Zoo Earth Day Run: 8 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Noncompetitive 2.2-mile fun run for all ages takes place inside the park. Participants will receive an Earth Day Run commemorative medal and a bookmark with flower seeds. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Zoological Society's Animal Care and Conservation Fund. $35, which includes admission to the zoo. czs.org/EarthDayRun.
Chicago Antique & Collectible Toy and Doll Show: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Largest specialty show featuring antique toy and doll collectibles. $10; free for kids 12 and younger. chicagotoyshow.com.
CWC Spring Luncheon & Fundraiser: Noon Sunday, April 23, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, 24000 Old McHenry Road, Kildeer. A 1920s flapper named Flora tells how fashion, crime and Prohibition, mixed with explosive creativity, shaped the decade of the century. $65-$75. (847) 334-6755 or caringwomensconnection.com.
Earth Day Fair: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville. Visit with local business/organizations to learn about their sustainable initiatives and how you can be "green." Hosted by the Naperville Park District and Earth Week Naperville committee. Free. napervilleparks.org/earthweeknaperville.
Jazz for the Generations Concert: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St., Prospect Heights. The Planet Flippo Jazz Quartet performs a diverse concert blending 20th-century jazz standards and contemporary popular classics spanning the '60s to the present. Register at (847) 259-3500 or phpl.info.
"A French Feast": 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St., Hinsdale. Join eight musicians from the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in a program of French chamber music. $12-$25. elmhurstsymphony.org.
American Wind Band concert: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. americanwindband.org.
"British Jubilee": 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Hammerschmidt Chapel, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Elmhurst Choral Union performs works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Judith Weir and George Frederic Handel. A reception follows. $30. elmhurstchoralunion.org.
From Formosa: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Taiwan Philharmonic 2023 U.S. Tour comes to the Chicago area with violinist Paul Huang. Features Yuan-Chen Li's "Tao of Meinong," Max Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46," Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides" Overture, Op. 26; and Debussy's "La Mer." $58-$120. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.
Rock Talk with Professor Mark Plummer: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora. This month, he investigates the band Chicago and their 1980s affiliation with pop songsmith David Foster. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Free. themusicvenue.org.
Chicago Dance Crash: 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. With their signature blend of jazz, acrobatic and street dance styles, Chicago Dance Crash combines athleticism with accessibility, performing the dance battle "Keepers of the Floor." $28; $23 for seniors and military; $10 for students. jlcenter.clcillinois.edu.
Daniel Nahmod: 6 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Unity of Fox Valley, 230 Webster St., Batavia. The award-winning singer-songwriter returns to share music from his 23rd studio album, "Real." $25; free for kids 12 and younger with an adult. Advance tickets via unityoffoxvalley.org.
Dane Cook Presents "The Perfectly Shattered Tour": 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Comedian and actor Dane Cook performs. $59-$99. geneseetheatre.com.
Monday, April 24
WWE Monday Night RAW: 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$150. rosemont.com/allstate.
J. Ryan Stradal author presentation: 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson, Naperville. "Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club" author J. Ryan Stradal in conversation with Carson Vaughn. Includes author presentation, audience Q&A and a signing line. $34. JRyanStradalAndersons.eventcombo.com.
Tuesday, April 25
Pete Ellman Big Band: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora. The Big Band Residency Series features students from Sycamore High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. $5. themusicvenue.org.
Dennis Lehane author presentation: Virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. "Small Mercies" author Dennis Lehane in virtual conversation with Gillian Flynn. Presented by Anderson's Bookshop Naperville. $35-$45. SmallMerciesAndersons.eventcombo.com.
Puzzle Master -- A Conversation with Will Shortz: Virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, through the Des Plaines, Prospect Heights and Schaumburg Township public libraries. New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz will talk all things puzzles. Sign up via your local library. illinoislibrariespresent.com/events.
Wednesday, April 26
"Girls Night, The Musical": 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. This musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present and look to the future. For ages 13 and older. $39. arcadalive.com.
Thursday, April 27
Central States Coin Show: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 27-28; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29; and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. More than 600 dealers from across the country will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, and gold and silver bullion. Educational programs daily and many dealers will provide complimentary, expert evaluations of the public's vintage money at the Central States Numismatic Society convention. $15. (719) 464-8801 or CSNS.org.
Family Days with Chicago Children's Museum: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Programming, activities and workshops for kids ages 1-10 stationed throughout the Pier. Free. navypier.org.
The Other Art Fair: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, April 27; 4-10 p.m. Friday, April 28; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. Shop for original artwork from 140 independent artists with immersive installations, performances, DJs and a fully stocked bar. $40 in advance, $45 on-site Thursday; $15 in advance, $20 on-site Friday-Sunday. theotherartfair.com/chicago.
"Girls Night, The Musical": 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Des Plaines Theater, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. This musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present and look to the future. For ages 13 and older. $39. desplainestheatre.com.
"The Wolves": 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, at Madden Theatre, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. North Central College Theatre Department production of the Sarah DeLappe drama about nine teens on a competitive soccer team. Contains mature themes. $10-$14. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.
Ricardo Montaner: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Singer and songwriter Ricardo Montaner performs. Tickets start at $59.99. rosemont.com/theatre.
Still Not Friday Comedy Showcase: 8 p.m. Thursdays at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 Broadway, Aurora. A 21-and-older stand-up comedy showcase featuring three comedians every Thursday. Free. twobrothersbrewing.com.
Ongoing on stage
"Damn Yankees": 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays through June 4 at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. A musical comedy about America's favorite pastime. Based on the novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant," baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. (847) 634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com.
"School of Rock": 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays through June 14 at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Based on the hit movie. Tickets start at $28. paramountaurora.com.
"The Porch On Windy Hill": 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 14; plus 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 23, 29, and May 6; and no show April 21, at North Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. A young violinist and her boyfriend visit her old family home and an estranged grandfather she's never mentioned. Featuring bluegrass favorites and American roots music. $35-$55. northshorecenter.org.
"The Revolutionists": 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays through April 30 at Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. A comedy by Lauren Gunderson imagining if former queen Marie Antoinette, playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle -- four real women who lived in France during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror -- had met and exchanged ideas before losing their heads. $30-$45. oillamptheater.org.
Blue Man Group: Various dates and times at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Chicago. Masks are encouraged but optional. Show is recommended for kids 3 and older. $49-$69. briarstreetbroadway.com.