The Book of Mormon
Through 10/6: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM, Bank of America Theatre, 312-902-1400, broadwayinchicago.org, $65-$125.
I may have missed The Motherfucker With the Hat, but I was the lucky motherfucker who got an opening-night ticket to The Book of Mormon. It was a star-studded affair: creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park, Team America: World Police) were there, and so were Rahm Emanuel and his son, sitting just a few seats down from me. While the musical was fantastic—a brilliant concept, hilarious throughout, executed flawlessly—it couldn't beat seeing the Emanuels awkwardly taking in some controversial art together. In one particular number, Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer are . . . servicing two devils in hell. While Rahm's son was laughing uncontrollably (as was I), the mayor was clearly trying his hardest to keep it in. But ultimately even Rahm couldn't help himself.