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Theater spotlight: Put down your smartphone for Metropolis' 'Internet Ate My Brain'

March 27, 2018 at 9:15 PM

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Comedian/writer Bill Dyszel, author of "Microsoft Outlook for Dummies," examines our reliance on technology while skewering online romance and selfie addiction in his one-man show "The Internet Ate My Brain." Dyszel performs his multimedia sendup at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre as part of its comedy series. 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30, $35. (847) 577-2121 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31


Steppenwolf premiere

New Trier High School graduate Rainn Wilson (NBC's "The Office") stars in Steppenwolf Theatre's world premiere of "The Doppelgänger (an international farce)," Matthew-Lee Erlbach's comedy about a clueless American who's persuaded to masquerade as a wealthy British businessman -- his doppelgänger -- to avoid an international incident. Ensemble member Tina Landau ("SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical") directs. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. The show opens April 15. $20-$109. (312) 335-1650 or Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, and run through April 11.

Timely revival

Drury Lane Theatre begins its season with "South Pacific," the 1949 musical adapted by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein from James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific," a collection of stories set on the Solomon Islands during World War II. Samantha Hill stars as plucky nurse Nellie Forbush, who falls for Emile de Becque, a wealthy, older plantation owner played by Robert Cuccioli. Victor Malana Maog, alongside music director Roberta Duchak, directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of race, romance and prejudice. 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show opens April 12. $42-$62. (630) 530-0111 or Previews begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5.