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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsMay 2016

Theater
Musicals

'The King and I'
Photo: Courtesy of Lyric Opera

ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL

Through 5/15 Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith’s take on Elmer Rice’s 1923 play follows an Everyman who snaps after years in a thankless job. Geoff Button directs a show for anyone who’s ever felt trapped in a rut. $28–$36. Hypocrites at Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee. the-hypocrites.com

CHICAGO

5/10–15 It’s been nearly 20 years since this razzle-dazzler opened on Broadway, and it’s still packing ’em in. $30–$92. Broadway in Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

DON’T MAKE ME OVER: IN TRIBUTE TO DIONNE WARWICK

Through 5/15 Black Ensemble Theater founder Jackie Taylor toasts Dionne Warwick, the star who spent decades atop the charts with songs such as “Walk on By” and “Alfie.” $55–$65. Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. blackensembletheater.org

DREAMGIRLS

Through 5/22 Brenda Didier directs the epic story of a girl group and its rise to stardom. Henry Krieger’s score is unstoppable, and Stage 773’s 148-seat theater lends an intimacy foreign to Broadway. $30–$45. Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. porchlightmusictheatre.com

EVITA

Through 6/5 Eva Perón returns to her balcony in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ode to South America’s most famous fascist. Che Guevara narrates Eva’s rise and demise, from gutter theatricals to the Casa Rosada. $50–$55. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott, Lincolnshire. marriotttheatre.com

HAZEL

Through 5/29 Can a spirited maid keep the house clean, the kids fed, and matters of national security under control? Ron Abel, Lissa Levin, and Chuck Steffan aim to find out in their take on Ted Key’s classic. $45–$60. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylanetheatre.com

THE KING AND I

Through 5/22 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical about a British teacher pushing Christianity on the Siamese hasn’t aged well. Still, the score is an embarrassment of riches. $22–$149. Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker. lyricopera.org

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Through 5/29 Lorenzo Rush Jr. plays the voracious plant in this parable about the appetite of unchecked capitalism. $19–$39. American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. americanbluestheater.com

NORTHANGER ABBEY

5/27–7/17 The innocent daughter of a clergyman leaves her rural home to work in a world of high-society balls only to find herself caught in a web of false friends. $20–$40. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. lifelinetheatre.com

THE PRODUCERS

Through 6/26 Dancing Nazis storm the stage in a show that skewers World War II, gay culture, seniors, and show biz. $25–$65. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. mercurytheaterchicago.com

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