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THREE TO SEE: This Week's Theater Recommendations

By Melody Udell in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 10, 2014 9:05PM

'Smokefall' at the Goodman.

On stage this week, it’s time for some classic Sondheim, the return of a last-season favorite, and an insider’s look at the theater industry.

Sweeney Todd

Squeamish beware: Porchlight’s Season of Sondheim starts off with Sweeney Todd, a distraught British barber who exacts revenge on those who’ve wronged him in the comforts of the salon chair. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 9.

Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-777-9884 or online.


If you didn’t catch Smokefall last season at the Goodman, it’s back in the lineup. Don’t miss your chance to see some of Chicago’s best actors portray characters aching for truth and belonging in Noah Haidle’s sharply written, surreal family saga. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 26.

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

The Submission

Jeff Talbott’s meta show about mistaken identities, prejudice and ambition follows the travails of Danny, whose play about growing up in the projects gets accepted into a prestigious theater festival. But Danny isn’t a poverty-born, rags-to-riches story—he’s actually a young gay playwright. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 25.

Pride Films and Plays at the Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100 or online.