Crowns (Goodman Theatre). Regina Taylor's gospel musical celebrating African-American church ladies and their elaborate Sunday-go-to-meeting hats. The characters are interchangeable, but the voices are divine. The millinery, designed by Karen Perry, is worthy of a royal wedding. Through August 12.
Gruesome Playground Injuries (Rasaka Theatre Company). Two friends try and fail to protect each other across three injury-strewn decades. Lavina Jadhwani's fleet and funny production complements Rajiv Joseph's quirky-but-not-too-quirky-but-almost-too-quirky script. Through August 5.
Steamwerkz: The Musical (The Annoyance). Twinks, trolls, studs, and duds go looking for love--but settle for less--in a Boystown bathhouse. Tara Trudel's peppy score and the cast's sharply drawn characterizations make up for the dull bits. Through August 31.
Freud's Last Session (Mercury Theatre). Playwright Mark St. Germain contrives to put Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis in the same room so they can argue about God. Mike Nussbaum's Freud--old, dying, and pissed off about it--shook me to the core. Through September 2.