"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Richmond Shakespeare presents a rendition of the bard's classic comedy of fairies, misdirected love and men turned into asses starting April 16 through May 10 with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $13-$26. 5 N. Fifth St. 866-227-3849.

"Well" The Barksdale Theatre presents this funny exploration of the mother-daughter dynamic following a woman named Lisa as she desperately tries to organize a theatrical retelling of her childhood, only to be constantly interrupted and corrected by her mom, sitting only a few feet away, watching everything from her La-Z-Boy chair. Opening April 17 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and select Wednesdays with shows continuing through May 17. $32-$38. 114 W. Broad St. 282-2620.


"Altar Boyz" Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents this musical comedy about a religiously bent boy band featuring, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, with performances running through May 30. $35-$50. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For specific dates and times of shows call 748-5203.

"Chicago" Directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Patti D'Beck, TheatreVCU performs this sexy, roaring '20s satire on criminals and celebrity in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts with performances running through April 26. This is the only production allowed in the United States while the Broadway company is on tour. $8-$20. 922 Park Ave. For specific show times call 828-6026 or visit www.vcu.edu/arts/theatre/dept.

"Endless Forms Most Wonderful" The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents a stage dramatization depicting the life and works of evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin at the Science Museum of Virginia, continuing through May 10 with performances every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. $3. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

"Mona's Arrangements" The Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern presents this musical comedy about a successful flower-shop owner who falls for a gentleman 20 years her junior. Performances continue through April 19. $3-$38. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. 282-2620.

"Murder in the Court" The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a new murder-mystery comedy featuring a courtroom backdrop, complete with judge, jury and an executioner at the Holiday Inn West End. Performances continue each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through June 13. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

"Normal" Stage 1 Theatre Company presents this award-winning rock musical exploring American culture's obsession with being skinny and the physical and emotional damage it can ultimately create. Performances run through April 25 with shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., except on April 19. $10-$22. 9130 Dickey Drive. 427-7548

"Pulp" The Richmond Triangle Players present Patricia Kane's noir parody of old movies and the lesbian pulp fiction of the 1950s following the owners and patrons of a post-WWII jazz bar known as the Well. Performances are at the Gay Community Center of Richmond every Friday and Saturday through April 18 at 8 p.m. $20-$25. 1440 Sherwood Ave., 346-8113.

"Steel Magnolias" The African American Repertory Theatre presents a stage performance of Robert Harling's ensemble story centered around a beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., at the Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center, continuing through April 26 with showings every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. $10-$25. 4901 Old Brook Road. 355-2187.


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