Updated: January 19, 2013 8:26PM
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HAPPY NOW?: Shattered Globe Theatre continues its Season with the dark comedy “Happy Now?” by Lucinda Coxon and playing Thursdays through Sundays, Jan. 24 to March 2 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tix, $28 - $10, are available at www.shatteredglobe.org. A chance encounter at a hotel conference is the first link in a chain of events that play upon Kitty’s mind as she struggles to balance personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a demanding job. A darkly comic take on contemporary life and how to survive it.
SUCCESSORS: A fable of a political family thrown for a loop when its patriarch - a third generation mayor of a big city - decides to retire without endorsing any of his politically hungry children as his successor. The tar and feathers fly as the family tries to find a way to stay in power - and united. At the Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Learn more at 773-698-7389 or www.signalensemble.com. Tix $10 to $20 at www.vendini.com.
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, begins its 2013 season with the Broadway musical revue “A Grand Night for Singing,” running from Jan. 17 through March 10. A Grand Night features over 30 songs from musicals such as Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella and The Sound of Music, as well as lesser-known works such as Allegro, Me and Juliet, State Fair, Pipe Dream, and Flower Drum Song.Performances are from January 17 to March 10, 2013. Tix range from $25 to $59. To learn more or order tix, contact the Mercury Theater at 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.
LAUGH FACTORIA: Laugh Factory showcases some of the best Latino comedians in Chicago at 8 p.m. Jan. 23. If you enjoy spicy comedy you will not want to miss some of the best comedians Chicago has to offer, including Gwen La Roka, Jamie DeLeon, Pablo Rodriguez and Dino Spezzini. The show will be hosted by Chicago’s own Alex Ortiz. Tix are $20 to $30. Learn more or order tix at 773-327-3175 ext. 1 or www.LaughFactory.com. This is an 18 and over show. Laugh Factory is at 3175 N. Broadway.
BLACK CREATIVITY DAY AT MSI: Celebrate African Americans in Innovation during a Black Creativity Family Day on Monday, January 21 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s also a free day for Illinois residents. Kids and families can learn about the ingenuity shaping the future through fun science activities, included in general admission. Meet real working scientists, invent and create activities, learn through hands on activities and more. Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. and Lakeshore Drive. Extra charge on some exhibits. 773-684-1414 or www.msichicago.org.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
EXTENDED THRU FEB. 3—FAITH HEALER: The Den Theatre, main stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, presents a remount of TurnAround Theatre’s original hit production of Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer,” extended through Feb. 3. Faith Healer is a dramatic, mysterious and humorous work focusing on the life and times of Frank Hardy, an itinerant Irish Healer. Tix are $28 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. and www.thedentheatre.com.
STADIUM DEVILDARE: “In ancient gladiator style, and based on polls from viewers like yourselves, we have relocated our most patriotic finale to one of America’s actual war zones. During these events you will witness five of your favorites battle to defeat each other for the highest honor.” The Red Tape Theatre presents “Stadium Devildare,” by Ruth Margraff, previews: Jan. 17 to Jan. 19 and Jan. 21 to Feb. 23 at Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Tix are $25 regular; $15 Student/Industry; $15 Preview. Available at www.redtapetheatre.org or the box office.
OTHER DESERT CITIES: Right-wing parents and left-leaning offspring take center stage in Jon Robin Baitz’s political potboiler, set in a Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve, 2004. What could go wrong? Runs Jan. 12 through Feb. 17; Tix $25 to $86; subject to change) at www.GoodmanTheatre.org, 312-443-3800 or at the box office,170 N. Dearborn.
FREE ADMISSION TO MSI ON JANUARY WEEKDAYS: Starting Jan. 7, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive will offer free general admission to Illinois residents every weekday (Monday through Friday) during the month of January. Temporary exhibits require an additional paid ticket. Must be an Illinois resident, with proof of address, to receive free general admission. 773-684-1414 or www.msichicago.org. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.
“DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS!”: Space is limited: Register now for one of these scheduled programs — March 15, April 5 and 12, and June 7. Kids ages 6 to 12 can bring their sleeping bags (and a flashlight!) and spend the night at the Field Museum. Enjoy workshop activities, games, a self-guided tour of Inside Ancient Egypt – in the dark. Sleep next to Sue, the T-Rex. Standard Overnight: $63; $53 members and groups. Friday, 5:45 p.m. 9 a.m. the following morning. Premium packages are available with more options. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. For Museum information, 312-922-9410 or www. fieldmuseum.org.
METRA’S $7 WEEKEND PASS: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations.
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