* to Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary Season, New Leaf Theatre Introduces Its Reva

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* to Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary Season, New Leaf Theatre Introduces Its Reva


* To celebrate its 10th anniversary season, New Leaf Theatre introduces its revamped Treehouse Reading Series that will assist in the development of new works for upcoming seasons. To that end, ensemble members are looking for plays that have had at least one reading and are in need of some polishing. The theater will accept submissions for the winter/spring series through Nov. 30. The fall series begins Oct. 23 with a staged reading of Bilal Dardai's "The Man Who Was Thursday," followed by A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" and Arlene Hutton's "As It Is In Heaven" on Dec. 5. For information and submission guidelines see newleaftheatre.org.

* Next Theatre's What's Next Series continues with a performance by the storytelling ensemble, 2nd Story. The show opens Friday, Oct. 8, and runs through Oct. 17, at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 475-1875, ext. 2 or nexttheatre.org.

* A psychiatrist tries to help a disturbed teenage boy accused of blinding six horses to which he has an unnatural affection in Peter Shaffer's psychological drama "Equus." Ludicrous Theatre Company's revival opens Friday, Oct. 8, at Boho Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. Visit ludicroustheatre.com for information or tickets.

* Oracle Theatre debuts its new public access initiative in which it no longer charges admission to its productions with a revival of Federico Garcia Lorca's surreal "Blood Wedding," in which a former lover of the bride carries her off, followed by the groom who vows to reclaim his wife and kill her lover. The preview is Friday, Oct. 8, at 3809 N. Broadway, Chicago. The show opens Saturday, Oct. 9. (252) 220-0269 or oracletheatre.org.

* The Second Stage Theatre presents "Beyond Therapy," Christopher Durang's farce about two people who meet through a personal ad and whose romance is thwarted by a jealous boyfriend and therapists who are more troubled than their patients. The show opens Friday, Oct. 8, at 3408 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. See therapytix.com for tickets.

* About Face Theatre presents a new play by Carson Kreitzer inspired by the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, which showcase European and American interiors from the 13th to the 20th century. "Tiny Rooms" centers on two early 20th century socialites who have different ideas about how those rooms are used. It runs Friday, Oct. 8, to Sunday, Oct. 10, as part of the company's XYZ Festival of New Work at the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 784-8565, ext. 111 or

aboutfacetheatre.com.

* "Boobs and Boombas: A Super Mario Burlesque," a live action, adults-only version of the video game in which a pair of plumbers tries to rescue a princess, opens Friday, Oct. 8, at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 598-4549 or

gorillatango.com.

* WBEZ's Richard Steele moderates a Remy Bumppo Theatre Company panel discussion titled "Is the Truth Front Page News?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Members of the panel will discuss how major stories are reported as well as the state of journalism today. The evening will include excerpts from Remy Bumppo's production of "Night

and Day." (773) 404-7336 or

remybumppo.org.

* Porchlight Music Theatre hosts a benefit concert, By Popular Demand, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago. Among the singer/actors and Porchlight veterans scheduled to perform are Rebecca Finnegan, Jayson Brooks and Jeremy Rill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. (773) 325-9884 or porchlighttheatre.com.

* The Artistic Home begins the 2010/2011 season with "Sweet Bird of Youth," Tennessee Williams' drama about a charmer from the wrong side of the tracks who returns to his hometown with a boozy, fading movie star in an attempt to win back his onetime love. …

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