‘Shrek The Musical’ begins a 3-month run at the Marriott Lincolnshire. And Piven Theatre opens its current season on the theme of identity with ‘The Telling Project’ in which military personnel and family members share their stories.

This week’s theater options include:

Shrek the Musical
A tale of an unlikely hero on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess.
At Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through Dec. 30, tickets $50-60

The Telling Project
Local military personnel and family members share their experiences with the goal of strengthening a sense of community and facilitating meaningful contact between civilians and those who have served.
By Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., runs Oct. 11-21, tickets $50

Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine
Angela Ingersoll captures the emotional and vocal power ot Judy Garland live in concert. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.
By Music Theatre Works at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., runs through Oct. 14, tickets $34-64

Ruddigore, The Witch’s Curse
Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore” does for ghosts what “The Pirates of Penzance” does for pirates.
By Savoyaires at Chute Middle School, 1400 Oakton St., runs through Oct. 14, tickets $19-29

In an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience, follow a white rabbit through various locations throughout the Main-Dempster Mile.
by Upended Productions outdoors, tarting at 829 Chicago Ave., runs through Oct. 21, tickets: $17-25

Curve of Departure
In a cramped motel room in New Mexico, four people grapple with the demands of ordinary life and the decisions of an uncertain future.
At Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, runs through Oct. 21, tickets $30-57

Sweet Charity
A dance-filled, groovy musical comedy that explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess in New York City.
At Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through Oct. 28, tickets $50-60

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