It's Hitchcock gone haywire in Patrick Barlow's goof of the 1935 thriller by the master of suspense. Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace; July 5-Aug. 26


"The Sandman"

Oracle Productions (whose performances are always free) opens Bob Fisher's version of E.T.A. Hoffman's terrifying tale, in which a mysterious visitor wreaks havoc in a family's life. Oracle Theatre; June 1-30


More nightmares, courtesy of the Right Brain Project's rare remounting of Peter Weiss' meditation on madness and class struggle. Nathan Robbel directs a cast of 29 in a shoebox setting. RBP Rorschach; June 7-July 7

"Sketchbook: Reincarnate"

Collaboraction's annual homage to short (seven-minute) plays shakes it up this year by incorporating a few longer pieces. Flat Iron Arts Building; June 7-July 15

"Bad Trips"

Tellin' Tales Theatre unveils a line-up of hellish, yet hilarious, vacation stories. Prop Thtr; June 8-17

"The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me"

Pride Films and Plays celebrates Pride Month with a 20th-anniversary production of David Drake's solo about one gay man's coming of age in America. Chad Ryan stars. Luna Central; June 20-July 1

"Hit the Wall"

Ike Holter's rock retelling of the Stonewall riots, which became a smash hit for the Inconvenience at Steppenwolf's Garage Rep earlier this year, gets a short remount through Theater on the Lake. Theater on the Lake; July 25-29

"Exit, Pursued by a Bear"

Theatre Seven of Chicago, recipient of this year's Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theater Award, presents the local premiere of Lauren Gunderson's black comedy about an abused wife who enlists some ursine assistance for her escape plan. Greenhouse Theater Center; June 7-July 15

"My First Time"

Based on a website dedicated to true tales of sexual initiation, this show became an off-Broadway hit. It makes its local bow with Broken Nose Theatre. Greenhouse Theater Center; June 8-July 28

"Salt of the Earth"

John Godber's drama about a Yorkshire coal-mining family, presented by Ka-Tet Theatre Company. City Lit Theater; July 13-Aug. 11

"The Vortex"

Dead Writers Theatre Collective makes its inaugural bow with Noel Coward'sdrama about the decadence, drug abuse, and dark secrets bubbling just underneath the upper crust in society. Jim Schneider directs. Greenhouse Theater Center; July 20-Aug. 26

"The Monument"

A soldier faces charges of war crimes in Colleen Wagner's morally complex drama, presented by Idle Muse Theatre Company. Side Project Theater; July 26-Aug. 26

"Ah, Wilderness!"

The iceman may have cometh — and wenteth — from the Goodman, but Eugene O'Neillfans seeking something a bit less intense can check out Eclipse Theatre's production of his romantic comedy (you read that right), set during the 1906 Fourth of July celebrations in a small Connecticut town. Athenaeum Theatre; July 26-Sept. 2