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There’s nothing like the theater, and we have plenty of it to choose

'Let's Misbehave' is currently featured Fox Valley Repertory.  |  File photo

"Let's Misbehave" is currently featured at Fox Valley Repertory. | File photo

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Whether you are in the mood for a gripping political thriller, a sparkling rom-com or brooding drama, local community theaters offer up a wide variety of shows throughout their season.

So grab your calendar and check out our handy guide to what theater troupes have to offer this season.

ALBRIGHT THEATRE

100 N. Island Ave., third floor, Batavia. (630) 406-8838, albrighttheatre.com. Tickets, $9-$15.

“Angel Street,” Nov. 1 to 16

“Just in the Nick of Time,” Dec. 6 to 15

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Feb. 28 to March 15

“Curious George,” May 2 to 17

“Love Rides the Rail,” June 13 to 28

BRIGHTSIDE THEATRE

Meiley-Swallow Hall, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. (630) 637-7469, Brightsidetheatre.com. Tickets, $20-$24

“Bleacher Bums,” Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, March 20 to 30

“Cabaret,” June 13 to 29

BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-4000, Atthemac.org. Tickets, $28-$36

“Gun-Shy,” Jan. 31 to March 2

“I Do! I Do!,” April 24 to May 18

CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF ELGIN AND FOX VALLEY THEATRE COMPANY

The Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. (847) 214-7550. cteelgin.com. Tickets, $5-$8

“Disney’s Mulan Jr.,” Oct. 24 to 27, Hemmens

“Robin Hood,” April 24-27, Hemmens

COLORBOX THEATRE

Center Stage Theater, 1665 Quincy Ave., Suite 131, Naperville. (630) 291-4402. Facebook.com/ColorBoxTheatre. Tickets, $16

“Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe,” Oct. 17-20

CURTAIN CALL THEATRE

12535 Old Plank Drive, New Lenox. (708) 699-2228. Ccctheatre.com. Tickets, $18-$20

“Shrek the Musical,” Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave, Frankfort, Jan. 3 to 5

Spring 2014 to be announced

DRURY LANE THEATRE

100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-8300. Drurylane.com. Tickets, $35-$49

“Hello Dolly!” Oct. 17 to Jan. 5

“Young Frankenstein,” Jan. 16 to March 16

ELGIN THEATRE COMPANY

Kimball Street Theater, at Kimball St. and Dundee Ave., Elgin. (847) 741-0532, Elgin-theatre.org. Tickets, $12-$15

“Men Are Dogs,” Jan. 10 to 26

“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” June 13 to 29

FOX VALLEY REPERTORY

4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342, Foxvalleyrep.org. Tickets, $32-$42

“Let’s Misbehave,” through Oct. 20

“Walt Willey in Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok,” Oct. 25-26

“Making God Laugh,” Nov. 7 to Dec. 29

“The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue,” Dec. 13, 20, 31

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE

Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. (630) 986-8067, Firstfolio.org. Tickets, $26-$37

“Searching for Peabody’s Tomb,” Oct. 18 to 31 Tickets, $10

“Rough Crossing,” Jan. 29 to March 2

“Salvage,” March 29 to April 27

“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” July 9 to Aug. 10

GREENMAN THEATRE

Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst. (630) 464-2646, Greenmantheatre.com. Tickets, $15-$18; dinner theater $50

“Spooky Stories and Songs of the Season,” Oct. 11 to 12

“Lucky Stiff,” Nov. 1 to 24

“Doubtful Abbey: Murder and Mayhem at Fussworthy Manor,” Feb. 21 to March 2

“The Laramie Project,” April 4 to 13

“Harvey,” May 2 to 18

GREENROOM THEATER

Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, in Elgin; and the Cosman Theater, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. (847) 431-4233, Greenroomtheater.com. Tickets, $10-$12

Comedy improv nights on Saturdays to Dec. 14, alternating at the two locations

GROVE PLAYERS A T LINCOLN CENTER

935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. (630) 415-3682, Groveplayers.com. Tickets, $11-$20

“Picnic,” Nov. 15 to 24

“The Dining Room,” Feb. 7 to 16

“Cabaret,” April 26 to May 11

THE JC PLAYERS

Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Theatre, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. (815) 280-2200. Jjc.edu. Tickets, $3-$8

“Five Women,” Oct. 11 to 12

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 21 to 24

“Grease,” Feb. 27 to March 2

“God of Carnage,” April 10 to 13

JOLIET DRAMA GUILD

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theater, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. (815) 722-1001. Jolietdramaguild.org. Tickets, $5-$10; musicals $8-$15

“The Crucible,” To be announced.

“Born Yesterday,” To be announced.

“Rent,” To be announced.

LATITUDE 41

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theater, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. info@lat41.org. Lat41.org. Tickets, $5-$15.

“Transylvania General,” Oct. 18 to 20

“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” February 2014

“A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959,” April 2014

MAGICAL STARLIGHT THEATRE

Naperville Park District at Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville. (630) 848-5000, Magicalstarlighttheatre.org. Tickets, $8-$10

“Shrek the Musical,” Jan. 17 to 26

ORGANIC THEATER COMPANY

Meiley-Swallow Hall, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. (630) 637-7469. Organictheater.info. Tickets, $20-$30

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” Dec. 12 to 15

“The Diviners,” March 6 to 9

PHILIP LYNCH THEATRE

Lewis University, One University Parkway, Romeoville. (815) 836-5500. Lewisu.edu/plt. Tickets, $10.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Nov. 15 to 24

“9th Annual Holiday Spectacular,” Dec. 5 to 7

“Moonlight and Magnolias,” Feb. 14 to 23

“Avenue Q The Musical,” April 4 to 13

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE

11-13 S. Water St., Aurora. (630) 897-9496, Riverfrontplayhouse.com. Tickets, $15-$17

“Night of the Living Dead: The Musical,” through Oct. 26

“Little Women,” Nov. 8 to 30

“A Christmas Carol 20th Anniversary,” Dec. 13 to 22

STEEL BEAM THEATRE

111 W. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 587-8521, Steelbeamtheatre.com. Tickets, $22-$28

“Nuncrackers,” Nov. 23 to Dec. 22

“Postmortem,” Jan. 10 to Feb. 9

“The Bay of Portugal,” Feb. 21 to Mar. 16

“The Spitfire Grill,” April 4 to 27

“Be My Baby,” May 9 to June 1

THEATRE-ON-THE-HILL

Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Road. (630) 908-2538. Tothbolingbrook.com. Tickets, $15

“The 39 Steps,” Nov. 8-24

“Another Evening with Monty Python,” April 2014

“West Side Story,” June/July 2014

VERO VOCE THEATRE

951 State Ave., St. Charles. (630) 965-0825. Verovoce.com. Tickets, $15

“Of Mice and Men,” Nov. 7 to 24

“Holiday Concert,” Dec. 21

“New Playwright Festival,” Feb. 20 to March 9

“Murder Mystery Dinner Theater,” April 25 to May 4

“Closer,” May 22 to June 8

VEX THEATRE COMPANY

Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. (847) 991-8081, www.Vextheatre.org. Tickets, $10

“Twist-a-Carol IV: Dr. Whoville,” Dec. 6 to 8

VILLAGE THEATRE GUILD

3S020 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (630) 469-8230, Villagetheatreguild.org. Tickets, $18-$20

“Joined at the Head,” Oct. 18 to Nov. 9

“Other Desert Cities,” Jan. 17 to Feb. 8

“Superior Donuts,” March 21 to April 12

“Now, Then, Again,” May 23 to June 14

WHEATON DRAMA

111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. (630) 260-1820, Wheatondrama.org. Tickets, $8.75-$21

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Nov. 8 to Dec. 8

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” (Radio show) Dec. 12 to 15

“And Then There Were None,” Jan. 24 to Feb. 16

“Steel Magnolias,” March 21 to April 13

“The Music Man,” May 23 to June 15

WMC PRODUCTIONS

Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave. Wmcproductions.org. Tickets, $10-$12

“Cheaper By the Dozen,” Nov. 1 to 10

“Willy Wonka,” March 2014

“Charlotte’s Web,” June 2014

“Steel Magnolias,” November 2014

WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE

121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 338-5300, Woodstockoperahouse.com. Tickets, $20-$23

“Shout! The Mod Musical,” Woodstock Musical Theatre Company, to Oct. 20

“The Nerd,” TownSquare Players, Nov. 1 to 17

“A Christmas Carol,” Woodstock Musical Theatre Company, Nov. 29 to Dec. 8

“The Nutcracker,” Judith Svalander Dance Theatre, Dec. 14 to 22

“The Wedding Singer,” TownSquare Players, March 7 to 23

“Annie,” Woodstock Musical Theatre Company, April 4 to 27



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