1,2,3 Fag!: Local comics Seth Dodson ("Impress These Apes" champion), John Hartman ("Baby Wants Candy") and Kellen Alexander (from iO and The Playground teams) perform an interconnected, four-scene improv set with multiple characters. The Katydids and Michael Pizza open.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $14; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.
1985: Taking inspiration from George Orwell's classic satire "1984," Chas Vrba's comedy examines Chicago's most memorable spots moments, including the '85 Bears, through an Orwellian lens.: through Nov. 7; 7:30 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Thu. - Fri.; $25; $15 students; presented by Factory Theater; Chicago DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.; 312-742-8497.
40 Whacks: A dark comedy about the family of 19th Century New England hatchet murderess Lizzie Borden explores the public's fascination with murder and violence.: through Fri.; 8 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $15; The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665.
An Alex Moment: A dramedy in which a man who's tired of being everyone's friend but nobody's boyfriend attempts to ignite a flame with his childhood crush.: through Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $15; Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647), 1919 N Milwaukee Ave; 773-598-4549.
At Home at the Zoo: A pair of one-act dramas by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee includes his classic "The Zoo Story" and a new prequel, "Homelife." Both explore the experiences of three New Yorkers whose lives are changed when secrets are revealed.: through Oct. 31; 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Tue. - Fri.; $20-$50; $20-$40 previews through Oct. 10; presented by Victory Gardens Theater; Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-871-3000.
Bash: A collection of three one-act dramas by Neil LaBute ("In the Company of Men"): A young woman discusses her complicated and tragic relationship with a teacher; a businessman confesses a crime to a stranger; and a couple gives separate accounts of violence during their honeymoon.: through Oct. 31; 7 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun.; 7 p.m. Thu. - Fri.; $15; presented by Brikenbrak Theatre Project; The Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave.; 773-296-6024.
Best of the Tens: See six humorous 10-minute plays by emerging playwrights.: through Fri.; 7:15 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $12; $10 for students; presented by Chicago Dramatists and The Second City Training Center; The Second City's De Maat Studio Theater, 1616 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley, 3rd Floor; 312-337-3992.
Billy Elliot the Musical: The touring production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical by Elton John and Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Daldry (who also directed the 2000 film of the same title) begins an extended run in Chicago. The storyline follows the struggles of a young boy in 1980s working-class England who discovers a passion for dancing while on his way to a boxing lesson.: through Nov. 28; 8 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Tue.; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Wed.; 7:30 p.m. Thu.; 8 p.m. Fri.; $28-$100; presented by Broadway In Chicago, with Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic; Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.; 800-775-2000.
Blood Wedding: In this drama by Spanish playwright-poet Federico Garcia Lorca, a young bride makes a choice which leads to terrible consequences.: through Nov. 20; 8 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri.; Free; Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway; 773-244-2980.
Blue Man Group: This long-running and constantly evolving hit show combines performance art and slapstick comedy into a unique theatrical event.: through Open End; $49-$69; $32 for student rush tickets; Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St.; 773-348-4000; 312-902-1500.
The Book of Liz: Chemically Imbalanced Comedy remounts its 2008 production of this comic play--penned by David and Amy Sedaris--which follows the adventures of a female cheeseball-making expert with a sweating problem who escapes a religious community and finds work at a family restaurant run by recovering alcoholics.: through Dec. 18; 8 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; $18; $10 preview Sept. 9; presented by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy; Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park Rd.; 800-838-3006.