Step back this weekend into mid-century musicals with a concert of Judy Garland songs presented by Music Theatre Works, or step back further into the comic opera of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore’ staged by Evanston’s Savoyaires.

From the original to the familiar, this week’s theater options in and round Evanston include drama, musicals, a walk with Alice, dance and even a comedy show.

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 Oct. 5-14, 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 Oct. 5-14, tickets $19-29

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater: My Past/Our Present
An ensemble of 10 dancers and nine musicians explores concepts of identity — who we are and how we got here.
At Studio5, 1938 Dempster St. (Dance Center Evanston) runs Oct. 5-6, tickets $30

Wild Comedy Club
A free stand-up comedy show with comedians from Evanston and Chicago.
At Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. no cover

In an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience, follow a white rabbit through various locations throughout the Main-Dempster Mile.
By Upended Productions. Outdoors starting 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

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 Oct. 5 through Dec. 30, tickets $50-60

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