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The Mel Brooks Broadway hit Young Frankenstien comes to Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace—previewing January 16, opening Thursday, January 23, and running through March 16, 2014. The production features Devin DeSantis, Jeff Award winner Jeff Dumas, Johanna McKenzie, Scott Calcagno, Jeff Parker, Allison Sill, Travis Taylor, and multi-Jeff Award winner Paula Scrofano. For reservations, call 630-530-0111 or visit www.drurylane.com.

William Brown returns to Northlight to direct Jon Jory’s new adaptation of Tom Jones. "The collaboration of Jeff-nominated playwright Jon Jory and Jeff Award-winning director Bill Brown is an irresistible combination of style, swashbuckling thrills and sexy humor. These two Northlight veterans bring their considerable skills back to our stage in a new adaptation of Henry Fielding's lusty comic classic," notes Artistic Director BJ Jones of the production that runs from January 17 to February 23, at Northlight Theatre on 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie.

A new production of the comedy Standing in Mattoon by Tim Clue and Spike Manton performs from January 10 to February 1 at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center on 3801 S. Central Avenue in Cicero. Tickets are available at www.jpactheatre.com or by calling 708-656-1800.

The Chicago premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon comes to Sideshow Theatre Company with Matt Fletcher, David Hamilton, Daria Harper, Deanna Myers and Noah Sullivan. "The Golden Dragon is the script that first made us fall in love with Schimmelpfennig's work, and we've been waiting for years to be able to introduce Chicago audiences to this shocking, playful, fearless work," says Artistic Director Jonathan Green. The darkly coemdy runs from January 18 to February 23 at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, where Sideshow is kicking off its multi-year residency. Tickets are available online at www.victorygardens.org or by phone at 773-871-3000.

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a new production of Gioachino Rossini’s comedic opera The Barber of Seville, conceived by the Tony Award-winning director Rob Ashford in both his Lyric and operatic debut. "Directing a Rossini comedy is extraordinarily difficult because the production needs to remain true to its commedia dell’arte roots, while at the same time having a kind of zany, off-the-wall comic skill," explains Anthony Freud, Lyric Opera’s general director. “I've seen several of Rob Ashford’s productions on Broadway and elsewhere, which confirmed for me that he is exactly the right director to take on this piece.”

Featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, tenor Alek Shrader, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and baritones Nathan Gunn and Alessandro Corbelli, The Barber of Seville opens on February 1, for 10 performances only, at Lyric Opera of Chicago on 20 North Wacker Drive. For tickets and information call 312-827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org.

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