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Curtain Call— ‘Sundown, Yellow Moon,’ ‘Equus’ and more Sept. 27-Oct. 3

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

Liz Chidester (left) and Diana Coates star in Raven Theatre’s Chicago premiere of “Sundown Yellow Moon.”
Liz Chidester (left) and Diana Coates star in Raven Theatre’s Chicago premiere of “Sundown Yellow Moon.”
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Looking to take in some live theater in the week ahead? Here are some highlights of what’s playing:

“Sundown, Yellow Moon”: Cody Estle first became acquainted with playwright Rachel Bonds when he directed her play “Five Mile Lake” last year at Shattered Globe Theatre. As artistic director at Raven Theatre, he was eager to stage another of her works, which led to this drama about two sisters, Joey (Diana Coates) and Ray (Liz Chidester) who return home to handle a crisis and reconnect with family. This is a family of musicians who sing what they can’t say via songs written by Shaun and Abigail Bengson. In an online interview with Estle, Bonds says the father-daughter play was inspired by the last summer she spent with her father while he was dying. As for the addition of music and working with the Bengsons, she says it made the solitary writing process less lonely while also scratching her itch “for something different…to make something I’ve never made before.” Previews begin Oct. 3, opens Oct. 7; to Nov. 17. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, $43, $46; raventheatre.com

“Big Fish”: Andrew Lippa and John August’s musical about legacy, family secrets and the bond between father and son; directed by Stephen Schellheardt. Previews begin Sept. 29, opens Oct. 5; to Nov. 17. BoHo Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, $25-$35; bohotheatre.com

Patrick Agada (as Oshoosi Size, from left), Manny Buckley (as Ogun Size) and Rashaad Hall (as Elegba) in Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ rehearsal for “The Brothers Size.”
Patrick Agada (as Oshoosi Size, from left), Manny Buckley (as Ogun Size) and Rashaad Hall (as Elegba) in Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ rehearsal for “The Brothers Size.”
Lowell Thomas

“The Brothers Size”: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama about the complex bonds of brotherhood; directed by Monty Cole. Previews begin Oct. 2, opens Oct. 5; to Oct. 19. Steppenwolf for Young Audiences at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, $15-$30; steppenwolf.org

“Equus”: Peter Shaffer’s drama about a teenager who blinds six horses and the psychiatrist who is assigned the task of uncovering the motive begin the violent act; directed by Derek Bertelsen. Preview Sept. 27, opens Sept. 28; to Oct. 27. AstonRep Theatre at The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa, $20; astonrep.com

Brenna L. Watkins (from left), Robert Williams, Ed Jones, Graham Heacock and Alexa Castelvecchi star in Hell in a Handbag Productions’ musical parody “The Facts of Life: Satan’s School for Girls.”
Brenna L. Watkins (from left), Robert Williams, Ed Jones, Graham Heacock and Alexa Castelvecchi star in Hell in a Handbag Productions’ musical parody “The Facts of Life: Satan’s School for Girls.”
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“The Facts of Life: Satan’s School for Girls”: David Cerda and Andrew Milliken’s musical parody of the ’80s television sitcom; directed by Madison Smith. Previews begin Sept. 29, opens Oct. 4; to Nov. 2. Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, $28-$44; factsoflife.bpt.me

“The Hound of the Baskervilles”: Terry McCabe’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale of death on the British moor; directed by McCabe. Previews begin Sept. 27, opens Oct. 6; to Nov. 10. City Lit Theater at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, $32; citylit.org

“I Know What You Did Last Splatter”: In the sequel to “Splatter Theatre,” the story picks up seven years after the Mayfield Massacre as one survivor is tormented by her past; written and directed by Joe McDaniel. Opens Sept. 28; to Oct. 31. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, $18; theannoyance.com

“Invisible”: Mary Bonnett’s drama about a woman in a small Mississippi town in 1925 who must reconcile her involvement in the Women’s Ku Klux Klan movement with her religious beliefs and sense of decency; directed by Cecilie Keenan. Previews begin Oct. 3, opens Oct. 10; to Nov. 3. Her Story Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, $35; herstorytheater.org

“Oh Sh#t! It’s Haunted!”: Scott Oken’s spooky adult comedy finds a group of friends trying to get to the bottom of the mystery behind a haunted house; directed by Manny Tamayo. Previews begin Sept. 27, opens Oct. 4; to Nov. 9. The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard, $25; thefactorytheater.com

“Richard III”: Shakespeare’s drama about the man who will stop at nothing to sit on the English throne. Opens Oct. 1; to Nov. 3. Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, $27; athenaeumtheatre.org

“Rhonda Badonda — The Adventures of a Girl with Pain in Her Brain”: Rhonda Musak’s autobiographical solo show about one woman’s journey dealing with the undiagnosed learning disability that impacted every aspect of her life; directed by Gareth Hendee. Oct. 3-6. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, $25; greenhousetheater.org

“Sherlock’s Last Case”: Charles Marowitz’s plays follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate a death threat against the infamous detective; directed by Janice L. Blixt. Previews begin Oct. 2, opens Oct. 5; to Nov. 3. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st, Oak Brook, $$34-$44; firstfolio.org

“Splatter Theatre”: The return of the annual slasher spoof, a parody of “Friday the 13th” movies. Opens Sept. 28; to Oct. 31. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, $22; theannoyance.com

“Twice, Thrice, Frice”: Fouad Teymour’s comedy about three Muslin women who confront adultery and polygamy when one of their husbands marries a second wife; directed by Patrizia Acerra. Previews begin Oct. 1, opens Oct. 13; to Nov. 10. Silk Road Rising, Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, $38; silkroadrising.org

“The Barber of Seville”: Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera about a young woman who refuses to marry her pompous old guardian to the relief of the young count who hopes to win her over. Opens Sept. 28, to Oct. 27. Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker, $39-$279; lyricopera.org

“Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars”: Emily Johnson’s all-night dance event weaves together stories and performance with the exchange of ideas, the sharing of food and the endurance of spending a night under the stars. From 5 p.m. Sept. 28-8 a.m. Sept. 29. Dance Center of Columbia College at Calumet Park, 9801 S. Ave. G, Pay-what-you-can; dance.colum.edu

Mary Houlihan is a local freelance writer.