'A Night in Olympus: A Musical'
Composer and lyricist Chan Poling (the Suburbs, the New Standards) is a font of musical theater ideas. Last time around, he wrote nearly everything for "Venus," his retelling of "Alice in Wonderland." Now, he has tapped playwrights Jeffrey Hatcher and Bill Corbett for "A Night in Olympus," his newest musical that gets a staged reading in the Illusion Theater's Fresh Ink series. Actors Jessica Fredrickson and Tyler Michaels star in this musical about a frumpy lover of zombie flicks who is magically transformed into a beautiful figure on prom night. Michael Robins directs. (8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. $15. Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-339-4944 or www.illusiontheater.org.) ROHAN PRESTON
'Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!'
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" is the outrageously funny podcast/IFC show hosted by Scott Aukerman, a comic's comic who got his start in the mid-'90s on HBO's "Mr. Show." It's impossible to predict what form the stage show will take, for one obvious reason: There's no real format to anything in the "Comedy Bang! Bang!" universe. It's simply a free-form improv playground where hilarious guests (sometimes in character) go to riff. The Minneapolis stop -- one of just 12 nationwide dates -- is set to feature standup/frequent podcast guest James Adomian, along with Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Besser. Expect a zany evening with surplus yuks. (8 p.m. Sun. $25. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Av. S. 1-912-338-2674 or www.thecedar.org.)JAY BOLLER
'All Shook Up'
Joshua James Campbell stars as Chad, the rock 'n' roll troubadour who jolts a small town in this jukebox musical, which -- as you might get from the title -- is stocked with Elvis Presley songs. Maureen Sherman-Mendez plays the young mechanic who falls for the rocker, and Nathaniel Irvin plays a local teen who wants to be part of the gang, too. Director Kent Knutson's cast includes Sean Michael Dooley, who has been at the Guthrie, Children's Theatre and Mixed Blood. This is an impressive array of talent, including several Equity actors, and Knutson has a keen eye for staging musicals. (7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. Ends Aug. 4. Arts Center on 7, 18301 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka. $10-$20. 952-401-5898 or www.minnetonka theatre.com.) GRAYDON ROYCE