"All-Girl Frankenstein": Or, The Thoroughly Modern Prometheus. Bob Fisher's adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic for the Chicago Mammals features an all-female cast. Zoo Studios; Oct. 19-Dec. 1

"Dylan": The life and poetry of Dylan Thomas, as adapted by Sidney Michaels in this rarely revived 1964 Broadway hit, presented by Red Theater. Den Theatre; Nov. 22-Dec. 22


"Let's Misbehave!": Pop the corks and hum along to Cole Porter's greatest hits in this revue, directed and choreographed by Kevin Bellie for Fox Valley Repertory. Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles; through Oct. 20

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway": The troubled troubadour takes the stage in Randal Myler and Mark Harelik's bio-musical, directed by Damon Kiely for American Blues Theater and starring Matt Brumlow as Hank. Greenhouse Theater Center; through Oct. 6

"The Old Man and the Old Moon": Writers' Theatre opens with this fantastical play with music, created by PigPen Theatre Co. and originally staged in New York last year. Stuart Carden directs the tale of a man who abandons his job of collecting spilled light to replenish the moon in order to follow his lost wife. Writers' Theatre, Glencoe; through Nov. 10

"In the Heights": The increasingly busy director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell stages the local professional debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes' infectious portrait of Manhattan's vibrant-but-changing Washington Heights neighborhood. Paramount Theatre, Aurora; Sept. 11-Oct. 6

"It's All Right To Have a Good Time (The Story of Curtis Mayfield)": The R & B genius behind "Super Fly" and many other hits, who faced paralysis after a 1990 onstage accident, provides the inspiration for Jackie Taylor's latest musical biography, starring Reginald Torian as Mayfield. Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center; Sept. 14-Oct. 20

"Gershwin's Greatest Hits": It's tough to narrow it down, but George Andrew Wolff's staging for Light Opera Works offers some of the most memorable songs in the Gershwin canon. Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston; Oct. 4-13

"A Year with Frog and Toad": Chicago Children's Theatre brings back its inaugural production — the Broadway musical version of Arnold Lobel's book, created by brothers Robert and Willie Reale. Henry Godinez directs. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts; Oct. 9-Nov. 3

"The Life and Death of Madam Barker": This raucous cabaret musical comedy, originally conceived and created by Molly Brennan and John Fournier for 500 Clown, returns with Brennan and Fournier in a new full-length version featuring a book by Brooke Allen and directed by Eric Hoff. Red Tape Theatre; Oct. 14-Nov. 10

"Hello Dolly!": Tony winner Karen Ziemba steps into the shoes of everyone's favorite matchmaker under the direction of the indefatigable Rachel Rockwell. Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace; Oct. 17-Jan. 5

"Mary Poppins": The flying nanny of London takes to the air in the suburbs. Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire; Oct. 23-Jan. 5

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": Appropriately enough, Griffin Theatre celebrates its own 25th year with Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn's word-happy musical. Scott Weinstein directs. Theater Wit; Oct. 26-Dec. 15


"The Crownless King": House Theatre of Chicago presents the sequel to last year's "The Iron Stag King," co-written by Chris Mathews and Nathan Allen and directed by Allen. Chopin Theatre; through Oct. 20

"Warped": Barbara Lhota's drama crosses "A Steady Rain" with "Rashomon" in the story of two Chicago cops who give a drunken young woman a ride home — only to be accused of rape hours later. Jason Fleece directs the world premiere for Stage Left Theatre. Theater Wit; through Oct. 6

"Clumsy Sublime": Local writer Barrie Cole, who has long specialized in off-kilter looks at unlikely connections, brings together a teenage girl, a grieving gay man, and an Edward Hopper painting in her latest offering, directed by Stefan Brun for Curious Theatre Branch. Prop Thtr; through Oct. 13

"Sixth Annual Alcyone Festival: A New Dawn, A New Day": Halcyon Theatre's annual tribute to women playwrights past and present includes a rarely produced work by Restoration pioneer Aphra Behn, as well as new pieces by Chicago writers Kristiana Colon and Nambi E. Kelley, New Yorker Callie Kimball and San Franciscan Marisela Trevino Orta. Christ Church Lutheran; Sept. 6-28

"White Tie Ball": Teatro Vista kicks off its residency at Victory Gardens with the world premiere of Martin Zimmerman's story about two brothers — one easily identified as Latino, and the other as "white" — and the internecine struggles they face. Edward Torres directs. Victory Gardens Theatre; Sept. 6-Oct. 13