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THREE TO SEE: This Week’s Theater Recommendations

By Melody Udell in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 11, 2013 5:00PM

Rehearsal for Other Desert Cities, starring Chelcie Ross, Tracy Michelle Arnold and Deanna Dunagan. Photo courtesy Goodman Theatre.

The shows we’re looking forward to most this week tackle heavyweight issues, from exposed family dysfunction to finding the humor in disease.

Other Desert Cities

The Tony-nominated play makes its Chicago debut — and throws us into the explosive home life of Wyeths, who are about the have all their family secrets exposed in a gritty memoir written by their daughter. The show runs through Saturday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 17.

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800 or online.

Side Effects May Include

Written by a former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe, this touching one-man show about a stand-up comedian and his fight and foibles with Parkinson’s is a refreshingly honest look at the often comical side effects of disease. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 10.

Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-404-7336 or online.

Boy Gets Girl

More than just a story of a bad date gone wrong, the Raven Theatre’s new play promises to amp up the suspense with the story of a blind date turned stalker nightmare. The show runs Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Saturday, March 2.

Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-338-2177 or online.