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"Chicago" Directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Patti D'Beck, Theatre VCU performs this sexy, roaring '20s satire on criminals and celebrity in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts beginning April 9 with performances running through April 26. It 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.

"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., starting April 10 at the Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center. Performances continue through April 26 with showings on every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. $10-$25. 4901 Old Brook Road. 355-2187.

Ongoing

"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.

"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, continuing 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 show times 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 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.

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