Disney's The Lion King just celebrated its 18th anniversary and it's now officially the third longest-running show in Broadway history, recently surpassing the run of Cats. So if you haven't caught up with director Julie Taymor's theatrical spectacle inspired by the hit 1994 animated film, then catch the return of the musical's touring production to Chicago this holiday season. The Lion King continues through Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. ( There are no shows Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. ) Tickets are $32-$177; call 800-775-2000 or visit www.broadwayinchicago.com for more information.
Good for Otto, Gift Theatre, through Dec. 20. Both profound and invigorating, David Rabe's world premiere looks at two community mental health workers and their patients struggling with parental abandonment. Rabe's skill makes it more exciting and entertaining than you'd think. JA
The Merry Widow, Lyric Opera of Chicago, through Dec. 13. There's only one more chance to catch Renee Fleming in the title role of Franz Lehar's 1905 comic operetta before Nicole Cabell finishes out the run of this lovely and traditional production. SCM
Pocatello, Griffin Theatre Company at Signal Ensemble, through Dec. 13. A chain restaurant surrounded by big-box stores is sad enough without being in a Samuel Hunter play, but this time the author allows his citizens a means of escape from Big Sky torpor. MSB
The Raid, Jackalope Theatre at the Broadway Armory, through Dec. 12. John Brown's body might lie a-mold'ring in the grave, but Ron Wells delivers an unforgettable portrayal of the fiery abolitionist whose civil disobedience stirs controversy to this day. MSB
By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Morgan