Standup comedian Clayton English headlines the Chicago Improv in Schaumburg this weekend. The 2015 winner of NBC's "The Last Comic Standing," English also appears in Netflix's "Love," a romantic sitcom from Judd Apatow. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, March 3; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 4; and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $24, plus a two-item food or beverage purchase per person. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com.
"Spamilton" -- the off-Broadway "Hamilton" parody from "Forbidden Broadway" creator Gerard Alessandrini -- comes to the Royal George Theatre. A six-member cast, made up of local theater artists, celebrates and sends up the hit musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. The show opens March 12. $59-$99. (312) 988-9000 or theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.
Griffin Theatre brings its adaptation of "Frindle" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre as part of its Stories in Action! series. The all-ages production is based on the children's book by Andrew Clements about a fifth-grade boy named Nick whose attempt to annoy his teacher inspires him to make up a new word for pen, which surprisingly catches on with his fellow students. Opens at 9:45 a.m. Monday, March 6, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $12, $14. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.
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