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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016

Written by South Park co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (along with Robert Lopez, who went on to co-compose tunes for Disney's Frozen), this musical satire about Mormon missionaries was the Hamilton of 2011, inspiring frenzied adulation and overheated ticket sales. I was skeptical until Chicago got a road-show version in 2013; then it seemed to me "as entertaining—and, strangely, uplifting—a piece of work as anything in recent American theater." Now the road has brought it back again. The shock of a production number about Joseph Smith fucking babies isn't quite so giddy as before, while the leads offer even less nuance (as the overconfident Elder Price, Ryan Bondy channels Jim Carrey, and Cody Jamison Strand's geeky Elder Cunningham puts me in mind of a four-year-old Lou Costello). But the show is still a hilarious, surprisingly compassionate whap in the face. —Tony Adler

Price: $42-$117

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