Also recommended are DreamLogic Theatrework's Elder Gods, a promenade-style adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness; the Actors Gymnasium's sweet Lost and Found: A Recycled Circus, featuring an outstanding cast of adults, teens, and kids; and They Are Dying Out, Trap Door Theatre's version of a 1973 satire by Austrian provocateur Peter Handke. The intimacy of a black-box set makes for great theater in Mary-Arrchie's revival of the 2008 Tracy Letts comedy Superior Donuts and (Re)discover Theater's Hamlet, which amps up the classic play's sex appeal by emphasizing the relationship between the melancholy Dane and Ophelia. (Hurry if you want to see Hamlet: it closes Saturday.)
Other new Shakespearean efforts: Chicago Shakespeare's Freudian twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream and Idle Muse's production of Shakespeare's R and J by Joe Calarco, in which boys at a boarding school mount a clandestine performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Albert Williams evaluates a touring production of South Pacific, Dan Jakes takes a read on Diary of a Madman at Prop, and Kerry Reid peeks at Man Boobs from Pride Films and Plays. We also review Wild Claw's Kill Me, about a woman who believes she's invincible, and Circle's The Ritz, the comic tale of a straight man who tries to avoid his murderous brother-in-law by hiding out in a gay bathhouse.