The poet/soldier with the prodigious proboscis swashes and buckles in this new take on Edmond Rostand's classic, adapted and directed for House Theatre by Matt Hawkins. Chopin Theatre Upstairs; through Oct. 16
"Alice's Adventures Under Ground"
Christopher Hampton's version of Lewis Carroll's topsy-turvy trip features songs by Richard Peaslee and uses Carroll's own correspondence with the real Alice to flesh out the fantasy. City Lit Theater; Sept. 2-Oct. 9
"The Count of Monte Cristo"
Alexandre Dumas' tale of honor and vengeance gets a makeover from adapter Christopher M. Walsh. Paul S. Holmquist directs. Lifeline Theatre; Sept. 9-Oct. 30
"Waiting for Lefty"
The times are ripe for Clifford Odets' clenched-fist ode to the rights of the working class, and American Blues Theater fills the bill with his one-act agitprop classic about a taxi strike. Kimberly Senior directs. Victory Gardens Biograph Richard Christiansen Theater; Sept. 2-Oct. 2
"Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses"
Sean Graney's adaptation of seven surviving Sophoclean texts takes place over four hours. But never fear — a catered meal midway through will provide sustenance for the Hypocrites' epic event. Chopin Theatre Downstairs; Sept. 6-Oct. 16
"Mourning Becomes Electra"
Another epic-length production inspired by Greek tragedy: Timothy Douglas opens his first season as artistic director of Remy Bumppo with Eugene O'Neill's post-Civil War version of "The Oresteia," starring Remy Bumppo stalwarts Annabel Armour, David Darlow and Nick Sandys. Greenhouse Theater Center; Sept. 21-Oct. 30
And still more Greek reimaginings, courtesy of Lisa Peterson and onetime Chicago actor Denis O'Hare. ("True Blood" fans know him as Russell Edginton.) O'Hare and Peterson's one-man version of the Trojan War stars Timothy Edward Kane under Charles Newell's direction. Court Theatre; Nov. 10-Dec. 11
"A Touch of the Poet"
And still more O'Neill – this time courtesy of the Artistic Home. Kathy Scambiatterra directs the family drama about a self-aggrandizing Irish-American patriarch at loggerheads with his headstrong daughter and his own diminished dreams. The production marks the company's new partnership with Stage 773. Stage 773; Oct. 2-Nov. 6
"The Shadow of a Gunman"
Scambiatterra's spouse and Artistic Home co-founder John Mossman directs Sean O'Casey's 1923 drama about a Dublin poet mistaken for an IRA assassin for Seanachai Theatre Company. Irish American Heritage Center; Sept. 15-Oct. 23
"Summer and Smoke"