Repeat performance?: Sideshow Theatre Company’s production of “Idomeneus” by Roland Schimmelpfennig won a Best Ensemble Jeff Award last season. Evanston native David Lawrence Hamilton is likely hoping that will happen again this season because he is appearing in the company’s production of “The Golden Dragon” by the same playwright, Jan. 18-Feb. 23 at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater. Vernon Hills and Libertyville native Marti Lyons co-directs. For tickets, call (773) 871-3000.
Saluting a scholar: Dr. Ladislaus (Lou) J. Bolchazy of Barrington published over 450 titles at his Mundelein-based Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc., which he founed in 1978. Bolchazy, who died in July 2012, was honored posthumously earlier this month with a Distinguished Service Award from the American Philological Association, the prestigious association of classical scholars. His wife, Marie Bolchazy, president of the publishing firm, said, “To be given this honor that recognizes Lou’s contribution to the classics by an organization of distinguished scholars would have been a highlight of his life. My only regret is that he did not receive it while alive.”
Order in the court: But it better not be a side of bacon because the Wolf is on trial for pig-slaughter in “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” at Lifeline Theatre through Feb. 16. Julia, the tough pig serving as prosecuting attorney, is played by Amanda Roeder of Oak Park. The KidSeries musical, which premiered at Lifeline in 2007, has since traveled to 36 states. For tickets, call (773) 761-4477.
Two on view: Fiber art by Inverness resident Valerie Rodelli is on display at Meet Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau in Schaumburg through April 7. Also through April 7, you can see sumi-e and oil painting works by Lidia Rozmus of Vernon Hills at Arlington Green Executive Center in Arlington Heights. Both exhibits are presented by the Palatine-based Northwest Cultural Council.
A question of faith: A born again Christian has some serious concerns about religion, self and spirit in “Doubting Thomas” at Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan through Feb. 16. Hoping to help him find answers is Doug Schuetz of Lake Forest who plays Thomas’s spiritual leader, Pastor Bob. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006.
Positive outlook: The marriage has ended but there’s an upside in “Divorced Girl Smiling,” a just-published novel by Jackie Pilossoph of Glenview. The book officially launches on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Pinstripes in Northbrook at a fundraiser for The Lilac Tree, a nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for divorcing women. Tickets are $25, which includes a copy of the book, refreshments and an event t-shirt. More details at www.divorcedgirlsmiling.com.