The following are theater productions in and around McHenry County.
"THE FRANKENSTEINS ARE BACK IN TOWN," Sept. 28-30, Theatre on the Green Hut, 15314 St. Patrick Road, Woodstock. Theatre on the Green Company of Young Actors comedy to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Schedule: 7 p.m. Sept. 28; 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 29; 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Tickets: $8 adults in advance, $10 at the door; $4 seniors and students in advance, $5 at the door; free for veterans, military personnel and children age 5 and younger. Tickets and information: 815-354-7435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"THE WIZARD OF OZ," 7 p.m. Sept. 27-28; 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley. Presented by Huntley High School. Follow the yellow brick road out to Huntley High School to see Dorothy and the whole crew perform. Tickets: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. For tickets, visit: www.district158.org/pac/home.htm.
CHICAGO IMPROV, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Featuring a variety of stand-up comedy performances. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 & 10:15 p.m. Friday, 7 & 9:15 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Schedule: Sept. 27-29, The Filipino Kingz Comedy Show (tickets $19); Oct. 4-7, The Wayans Brothers (tickets $40). Tickets and information: 847-240-2001 or www.improv.com/comedyclub/chicago.
"DINNER WITH THE MAFIA," 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Victoria Beau Jolie, 9950 Lawrence Ave., Schiller Park. "Unsmooth Criminal Behavior" interactive dinner theater presented by D.O.A. Players International. A live, 1930s Chicago dramedy show featuring outrageous antics of two feuding gangs, of sorts, led by bumbling, wannabe Dons. Tickets: $65 a person includes a three-course Italian meal. Tickets and information: 773-298-6889 or www.victoriabanquets.com/dwtm.
IMPROV PLAYHOUSE, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, 847-968-4529 or www.improvplayhouse.com. Schedule: 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sept. 29, Improv Playhouse Radio Players will perform episodes from "The Lone Ranger" and "Gunsmoke" staged as an old-time radio drama. Tickets: $15 adults in advance, $17.50 at the door; $10 seniors, students and military with ID in advance, $12 at the door. Come in Western wear and take $2 off at the door only.
"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT," through Sept. 30, Elgin Community College arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Fox Valley Theatre Company and Children's Theatre of Elgin presentation. A retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, his devoted father, his jealous brothers and his incredible series of adventures. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students at 847-622-0300 or www.tickets.elgin.edu.
"THE LITTLE MERMAID," through Sept. 29, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Hans Christian Anderson's tale about the little mermaid who finds her prince by being true to herself and overcoming the evil spells of the Sea Witch. Musical performance by Steel Beam Children's Theatrel. Various performance times. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Tickets and information: 630-587-8521 or www.steelbeamtheatre.com.
"SIRENS," through Oct. 7, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. A midlife and marriage comedy by Deborah Laufer presented by Fox Valley Repertory. Show is rated PG-13 due to strong language. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, with limited Thursday performances. Tickets: $32 Fridays, $42 Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner show packages available from $52. Tickets and information: 630-584-6342, all Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com.
"THE SUNSHINE BOYS," through Oct. 7, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Neil Simon comedy about two old vaudevillians reuniting for one last performance on a television retrospective on comedy. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: $25 adults, $23 seniors and students at 630-587-8521 or www.steelbeamtheatre.com.
"THE THINGS THEY CARRIED," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Spartan Auditorium at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life stage presentation of Tim O'Brien's profound study of men at war. Tickets: $25 at 847-622-0300 or www.elgin.edu/arts.
"THE UNEXPECTED GUEST," through Oct. 20, Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., Aurora. Story by Agatha Christie takes place in Richard Warwick's sutdy in South Wales near the Bristol Channel. Michael Starkwedder enters the home of the Warwick's through a window in the study. He finds the dead body of Richard Warwick and his wife, Laura, holding a gun that supposedly killed him. Despite the obvious, there are other suspects as well. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students at 630-897-9496 or www.riverfrontplayhouse.com.
ZANIES, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Comedy club featuring rising stars and established performers. Show schedule: 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 & 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets start at $24. Tickets and information: 630-513-1761 or www.stcharles.zanies.com.
FOUR STAR COMEDY FEST, 1 to 11 p.m. Oct. 6, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. A celebration of the art form of improvisation with free workshops for the entire family from 1 to 4 p.m. taught by some of Chicago's most well-respected improv training centers. Then featuring 6 to 11 p.m. performances by Tim Meadows, The Second City mainstage cast members, Uncle's Brother and other top Chicago improv troupes. Tickets: $39-$99 at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or www.navypier.com/fourstarcomedyfest.
"I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE," through Nov. 11, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut Ave., Chicago. Musical stage show adapted from the longest running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, America's favorite foursome. Schedule: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 & 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $23-$65 at 800-775-2000, all Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com.
UP! COMEDY CLUB, 230 W. North Ave., Third Floor of Piper's Alley, Chicago. New stand-up comedy hot spot. Show times: 8 Thursday and Friday and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Schedule: Tickets and information: 312-662-4562 or www.upcomedyclub.com.
ZANIES,1548 N. Wells St., Chicago. Comedy club featuring rising stars and established performers. Show hours: 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7, 9 & 11:15 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets start at $24. Tickets and information: 312-337-4027 or www.chicago.zanies.com.