Current shows we think are hot, or soon-to-open shows that should be!
Mr. Kolpert, A Red Orchid Theatre, opens Feb 16. Charismatic Michael Shannon is back home from Hollywood, starring in this get-the-guests comedy by German playwright David Geiselmann. From the company who brought us Bug. (Barnidge)
Machinal, The Hypocrites at Chicago Dramatists, through Feb 16. Economic disempowerment drives a girl to adultery and murder in this radical 1928 play. Death Penalty proponents should be forced to watch Mechele Moe's execution scene. (Barnidge)
Raising Blue, Prop Thtr), 4225 N. Lincoln, opens Feb. 13. The Civil War, the world's first submarine, the blockade of Charleston, Confederate pride, heroics, history and mystery come together in this fact-based world premiere by G. Riley Mills. (Abarbanel)
Rough Crossing, Writers' Theatre at Books on Vernon (Glencoe), through April 20. Spend a delightful evening with a charming and stylish cast aboard a 1930's ocean liner, in Tom Stoppard's witty homage to Noel Coward and French boulevard farce. (Reed)