Chicago Dramatists explores the unfortunate but all-too-familiar scenario of forgetting to set your alarm before an important job interview in I Am Going to Change the World. We recommend Andrew Hinderaker’s drama about a young man who finds out that denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. Fantasy, soap opera, musical comedy, and philosophical inquiry are unevenly but effectively blended in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, says Albert Williams. Nick Sandys superbly captures King Arthur’s boyish insecurity and moral gravitas in this Light Opera Works production.
Also recommended: The latest edition of the Waltzing Mechanics’s El Stories features the tale of an Englishman trying to hit every CTA train stop in record time. That turns out to be the production’s only disappointment, says Asher Klein. The rest of this documentary play shows how Chicagoans of all backgrounds come together on the el. Tyla Abercrumbie’s lifelong man troubles are the main attraction in her 70-minute solo piece Naked and Raw. And Luna Negra Dance Theater introduces Chicago to Monica Cervantes’s simultaneously controlled and savage choreography in “Luna Nueva” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.