* A Yorkshire Coal Mining Family Struggles with Changing Economics in John Godbe
* A Yorkshire coal mining family struggles with changing economics in John Godber's "Salt of the Earth," the latest production from Ka-Tet Theatre Company. The show opens Friday, July 13, at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. (800) 838-3006 or katettheatre.org.
* An Egyptian revolutionary and an American antiquities collector confront a reanimated mummy in "The Mummy and the Revolution," a new political farce from Yussef El Guindi running Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15. Stuart Carden (Writers' Theatre) directs Silk Road Rising's staged reading at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 857-1234, ext. 201, or silkroadrising.org.
* Skokie's Gorilla Tango Theatre, at 7924 Lincoln Ave., hosts several new productions including Amazing Sammo Productions' "The Useless Secret Weapon of Jacob Thompson," a play by Jenna Little about an unhinged inventor whose android creation goes awry. It runs Friday, July 13, to Saturday, July 21. Also on tap is the first show by the Fringe Theater Company titled "The Fifth Wall" by Mandy Thoenen. The play follows the lives of two different girls experiencing remarkably similar situations about 100 years apart. It runs Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. (773) 598-4549 or gorillatango.com.
* The Neo-Futurists offer students enrolled at Chicago-area colleges a $5 discount to their long-running "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes" on their school's dedicated weekend. Lake Forest College students receive the discount from Friday to Sunday, July 13-15. Dominican University students receive the discount Friday to Sunday, July 20-22. Shows are at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday, at 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (773) 275-5255 or neofuturists.org.
* Previews begin Saturday, July 14, for Circle Theatre's revival of "Reefer Madness," the musical by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney inspired by the 1936 cult film classic about an innocent teen seduced by marijuana into promiscuity, insanity and murder. The show, directed by Matthew Gunnels, opens Friday, July 20, at 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9542 or circle-theatre.org.
* BackStage Theatre Company artistic director Matthew Reeder directs the season-ending production of James Saunders' "A Scent of Flowers," beginning Saturday, July 14, at the Building Stage, 1044 W. Kinzie St., Chicago. The 1965 play centers on a young girl named Zoe who awakens in a strange room and finds herself on a journey through the most important events of her life. See backstagetheatrecompany.org for information and tickets.
* The return of Radio Goggles concludes Oracle Productions' second season as a public access theater where admission is free, but donations are accepted. The show is comprised of three vintage radio shows adapted for the stage, including "The Parade" (1955) about a man claiming to be from Mars; "The Hitchhiker" (1942) about a mysterious man following Orson Welles across the country; and "Hoppy Meets His Match" (1951) about actor Hopalog Cassidy who's mistaken for a foreign head of state. Performances run from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, Aug. 4, at 3809 N. Broadway, Chicago. See oracletheatre.org for information and tickets.
* John McGivern brings his one-man show "Summer Stories" about the family vacations, summer camps and other adventures youngsters experience between Memorial Day and Labor Day. McGivern performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.
* TUTA Theatre Chicago marks the beginning of its 11th season with a revival of Harold Pinter's one-act play, "The Dumb Waiter," directed by artistic director Zeljiko Djukic. …