By Maria Murzyn
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" performed in their new digs by The Open Door Repertory Company at 902 S. Ridgeland is a musical revue featuring forty some songs from the fifties and the sixties. It runs now through 11/20 with performances at 8pm on Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2pm on Sundays. Call 708-343-0810 or see www.opendoorrep.org for tickets.
Two student productions are presented for your pleasure. The first is "Gypsy" at Dominican University, 7200 Division in River Forest. This adaptation of the Broadway classic will delight as it tells the story of Rose, Gypsy's mom, and looks at her show biz dreams. Starts tonight, Friday, 11/11 through Sunday, 11/13 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm and on Sunday at 3pm. Tickets at 708-488-5000 or http://www.dom.edu/pac.
Concordia University, 7200 Augusta in River Forest is performing "Julius Caesar" on its stage from Friday, 11/11 through Saturday, 11/19 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm. This classic never fails to thrill and its political implications are timely. Call 708-771-8300 or visit www.CUChicago.edu for tickets.
Get ready for the holidays with the 16th Street Theatre in Berwyn and its presentation of some of our best known local authors and playwrights telling their "Holiday Stories". You'll hear Elizabeth Berg, Rochina Malik, and Tanya Saracho share their holiday memories with you. Performances through December 4 at 7:30pm on Thursday and Fridays at 7:30pm and on Saturdays at 5pm and 8:30pm. Go to http://www.16thstreettheatre.org or call 708-795-6704.
Another choice is "The Baker's Wife" a seldom seen musical comedy by the creator of "The Wiz" tells a love story set in France involving men, women, and baked goods. Tickets at 708-660-9540 or www.circle-theatre.org . Performances now through January 22, 2012 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm and on Sunday at 3pm.