Fresh off the seven-year run of I Still Love H.E.R., Chicago playwright and performer Wendell Tucker returns to the stage with the debut of his new one-man comedy Wendell Tucker Hates the World. Drawing on his experience as an African-American man diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Tucker developed this piece to urge minorities to fight for their mental wellness. The Theori Stages production runs Saturdays at 7 p.m. through October 28, 2013 at Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Bucktown at 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Tickets are $15 and are available at gorillatango.com or by calling 773-598-4549.
Goodman Theatre has added six performances of Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues— October 23 at 7:30 p.m.; October 24 at 7:30 p.m.; October 25 at 8 p.m.; October 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and October 27 at 2 p.m. Prices range from $30 to $78 and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org/Pullman, by phone at 312-443-3800 or at the box office on 170 North Dearborn.
TimeLine Theatre Company announces a three-week extension of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun directed by Ron OJ Parson. Originally scheduled to close on November 17, the production will now run through December 7, 2013, at the theater on 615 W. Wellington Avenue. Tickets are $35 (Wednesday through Friday), $45 (Saturday) or $48 (Sunday). Students receive $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. To order, call 773-281-8463 ext. 6 or visit timelinetheatre.com. Tickets to the newly-added performances go on sale Thursday, October 10 at noon.
Due to popular demand, the Mercury Theater Chicago on 3745 N Southport Avenue has extended The Color Purple through Sunday, November 10, 2013. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the musical stars Trisha Jeffrey, Jasondra Johnson and Adrienne Walker. Discounts of up to 50% are available for groups of 10 or more by calling Tami at Group Theater Tix at 312-423-6612 or 866-809-3075. Individual tickets range from $22 to$59, and are available online at www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.