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44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Neo-Futurists; Assassins, Viaduct Theatre, both through Nov. 10. Enjoy a satiric skit, song or comedy bit for each of our chief executives, then see the Sondheim-Weidman dark musical about folks who've shot them (or tried), both well-staged. Then vote. JA

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bailiwick Chicago at National Pastime Theater, through Nov. 10. This gleefully vulgar musical about our seventh president's controversial career is a perfect fit for Pastime's big new room in Uptown—and so are the cigarette jeans worn by Matthew Holzfeind, as the frontiersman-turned-pol. MSB

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Strawdog Theater, through Nov. 12. We never see the zombies infiltrating the quiet suburban community in the video game lending this Rod Serling-style sociological fable its title, but to the isolated teenagers defending their brains from attack, the walking dead are disturbingly familiar. MSB

Night Over Erzinga, Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Building, through Nov. 11. Adriana Sevahn Nichols' gripping time-shifting drama adeptly looks at two survivors of the early 20th century Armenian Genocide and how they (and their descendants) struggle to cope as refugees in America. SCM

—By Abarbanel, Barnidge

and Morgan

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