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Women take center stage with current and upcoming Chicagoland shows

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There's nothing like a woman's touch—whether it's in comedy, drama or opera as the following female-oriented productions show.

Leslye Headland’s comedy Assistance performs through March 16 at The DCASE Storefront Theater on 66 E. Randolph Street in Chicago. Tickets for the play presented by LiveWire Chicago Theatre and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are available at nickandnora.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 312-533-4666.

Joanie Schultz directs the Chicago premiere of the sex comedy Venus in Fur from March 8 to April 13 at Goodman's Albert Theatre on 170 N. Dearborn Street. For tickets and more information, visit www.goodmantheatre.org.

The 3rd Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival (June 5-8) is set for Stage 773 on 1225 W. Belmont this spring. To be considered as part of the lineup, fill out an application at http://chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com/apply2014 by March 17.

The world premiere of Christina Gorman’s American Myth runs from March 7 to April 6 as part of the American Blues Theater’s Legends and Legacies series. The play performs at the Greenhouse Theater Center’s Downstage Studio Theater on 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. For tickets, call 773-404-7336 or visit americanbluestheater.com.

A new production of Dvorak's Rusalka starring soprano Ana Maria Martinez in the title role is staged by Lyric Opera of Chicago through March 16 at the Civic Opera House on 20 N. Wacker Drive. For tickets, visit www.lyricopera.org.

On its Evanston campus, Northwestern University presents Mark Adamo’s Little Women performs through March 2 at Cahn Auditorium with the University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hal Francen. At Lutkin Hall, the university’s Women’s Chorus performs Winter’s Night at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. For more information, visit www.northwestern.edu.

In Glencoe, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, translated by Nicholas Rudall, is currently playing at Writers’ Theatre on 325 Tudor Court. Under the direction of Kimberly Senior, the classic features Kate Fry, Chaon Cross, Barbara Figgins, Sean Fortunato, Mark L. Montgomery, Scott Parkinson, and Kathleen Ruhl. Tickets ($35-$75) are available at 847-242-6000.

In Glen Ellyn, the lyrical talents of Ireland can be seen via of Cherish the Ladies at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage on 425 Fawell Boulevard at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28. For tickets and more information, call 630-942-4000 or visit AtTheMac.org.

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