The Bad Seed: The Musical
(Cornservatory at Bailiwick Arts Center)
Fringe drag mainstays Tiff and Mom (of Cornservatory fame) bring back their roast of the inexplicably campy 1956 movie thriller.
Book of Days
Lanford Wilson's story of a murder in a small Midwestern town (and its churchgoing residents who look the other way) gets a thorough, thoughtful treatment from Steep.
Genuine musical romps are few and far between, but this bumptious adaptation of E.F. Benson's stories of provincial English society delivers.
The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet
(Second City Theatricals and Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Chicago Shakespeare)
There's little not to like about this smart/stupid musical send-up of everything the Bard ever wrote. And it's hard to argue with an R&J in which the Friar and the nurse are played by the same actor.