Tennessee Williams' portrait of a southern minister's daughter grappling with her blooming sexuality kicks off the season for The Den Theatre under Ryan Martin's direction.  Den Theatre; Sept. 16-Oct. 29

"Brand"

Storefront visionary Max Truax takes on Henrik Ibsen's rarely performed verse tragedy about a small-town priest with Old Testament ideals.   Red Tape Theatre; Sept. 29-Oct. 29

SAVVY FRINGE FINDS

Chicago Fringe Festival

After its maiden voyage last year, the CFF returns with the theme of "On the Map, Under the Radar," featuring 50 performances spread over 11 days in five Pilsen venues. Participating locals include Hobo Junction and the Mammals, and Tim MacMillan of New York biked in from Brooklyn with his show, "Soul Mates Don't Die."  Various venues; through Sept. 11

"My Name is Mudd"

Jackalope Theatre Company remounts Shawn Reddy's fractured re-telling of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy, first staged in 2003 as part of the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, in which a group of misfit actors provide their own addled take on historical fact.  Viaduct Theater; Sept. 9-Oct. 2

"Enter Love"

Quest Theatre Ensemble tackles the subject of romance in this original musical by Lynn Lupold, Scott Lamps, Chris Hodak, and Don Seybold, set in an international airport where arrivals and departures carry more than the usual emotional baggage. As always for Quest, performances are free.  The Blue Theater; Sept. 9-Oct. 16

"Chalk and Saltwater: The Ladder Project"

To fail, or not to fail: Oilman Edgar Davis' 1926 production of "The Ladder" earned horrific reviews but still managed to run for just over two years. Using passages from related archival material, the Neo-Futurists, directed by John Pierson, examine assumptions about failure and success while incorporating the element of random chance from "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind."  Neo-Futurarium; Sept. 15-Oct. 22

"Frat"

The New Colony goes back to school with this commercial production of Evan Linder's 2009 comedy about life in the pledging classes. Original director Andrew Hobgood remounts the show with the original cast in an actual bar.  The Apartment Lounge; Sept. 16-Oct. 22

"Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel"

Shepsu Aakhu's new documentary-style play for MPAACT, directed by Andrea J. Dymond, draws on the oral histories of a family from the now-demolished Washington Park housing project.  Greenhouse Theater Center; Sept. 16-Oct. 30

"Elling"

Norwegian novelist Ingvar Ambjornsen's story of two young men with mental handicaps contending with life outside the institution, which was turned into a film in 2001, gets a theatrical outing with Redtwist favorites Peter Oyloe ("Equus") and Andrew Jessop ("Bug") under Steve Scott's direction.  Redtwist Theatre; Sept. 24-Oct. 30

"The Spirit Play"

Strange Tree Group returns with Emily Schwartz's latest, set amid the séance parlors of 1880s Chicago.  Storefront Theater; Oct. 5-Nov. 6