WHERE: Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 16 to 18, 23 to 25; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 25, 26; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19
COST AND INFO: $22 to $24; theatreofwesternsprings.com, 708-246-3380
ABOUT: "The Nerd," a hit comedy by late playwright Larry Shue of Glen Ellyn, will be presented by the Theatre of Western Springs. Get ready to laugh yourself silly when a nice guy from Terre Haute, Indiana, hosts a house guest who's impossible. The protagonist is Willum Cubbert, a mild-mannered architect, who has told friends about the debt he owes to a man named Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. Pictured are Rick Steadman (Jay Fontanetta, from left), Willum Cubbert (Rob Nardini) and Tansy McGinnis (Katie Hedrich).