Theater: Broadway, jazz and a circus

Explore gender roles turned upside down in “Guys and Dolls” at the Wirtz Center or sing along with the Broadway tunes from 1941 presented by Porchlight Music Theater at SPACE. Studio5 is hosting a jazz trio and Actors Gymnasium continues the Winter Circus Noyes. These are among the performances on stage in an around Evanston this weekend.

Guys and Dolls
This classic romantic comedy comes to life with a modern lens that takes us from the heart of Times Square, to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City and leaves us asking what it really means to be a Guy... or a Doll.
At Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle, runs through March 3, tickets $30

New Faces Sing Broadway 1941
This Porchlight Music Theatre show takes you in a musical time machine from the start to the finish of one full season of Broadway. Peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation, trivia games with prizes, sing-alongs and more, a favorite celebrity host introduces you to the next generation of music theatre artists while serving as your guide to the stars, songs, and stories of a full season on the Great White Way!
A SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 26, tickets $35

When She Had Wings
A fiercely determined young girl and aspiring pilot named B. has decided that she must realize her destiny to fly before turning ten. In a makeshift airplane built in her backyard treehouse she recounts the thrilling and legendary victories of her hero, Amelia Earhart. That night following a tremendous summer thunderstorm, a mysterious birdlike visitor takes up residence in her imaginary cockpit and B. wonders if the strange creature may be an incarnation of her hero and inspiration to finally take flight.
Part of the Imagine U series, at Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, runs Feb. 24 through March 10, tickets $10-12

Lapis Trio
Innovative composer/guitarist Casey Nielsen successfully straddles both the classical and jazz worlds in a way that is quite rare. With his Lapis Trio he has created a new recording “The Travelers” that embraces multiple genres and has a quasi-narrative structure. This concert will be recorded live for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB.
At Studio5, 1938 Dempster St., Saturday, Feb. 23, tickets $20-25

All the Time in the World
The 10th annual Winter Circus is a circus about time. Trudy is a young girl who lives a hectic life with her very busy family, and who also has an imaginary friend. When Trudy's imaginary friend is suddenly too busy to play with her and leaves to join the circus, she and her parents enter the circus paracosm to find more time and reunite Trudy and her imaginary friend.
At Actors Gymnasium, Noyes Cultural Center, 927 Noyes St., runs through March 24, tickets $30-60

May The Road Rise Up
Shannon O'Neill's newest play shows the consequences of a community that fails to communicate, and how refusing to grieve can lead to tragedies of its own.
At The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., Chicago, runs through March 30, tickets $25

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson's epic American Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band—especially the gifted and impulsive Levee—but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are inflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax.
At Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, runs through Mar. 17, tickets $60-70

Nina Simone: Four Women
In the aftermath of 1963’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Celebrate Ms. Simone’s lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.
At Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, runs through March 2, tickets $30-55

Seussical
In this fantastical, magical musical, some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life with the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks."
At Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through March 31, tickets $18

Million Dollar Quartet
This Tony Award-Winning musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
At Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through March 16, tickets $50-60

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