A potential superhero awaits the unleashing of his powers. Tracy Letts mourns over Moscow. A Chicago disaster is revisited. A young man misses his appointment with
In no particular order, from the heart of the Loop to the woods of Wisconsin, here are our 10 most-anticipated shows for summering Chicagoans.
'A History of Everything'
One of the relatively small number of international works on offer this summer, "A History of Everything" is the work of a highly regarded Belgian company called Ontroerend Goed. Collectively devised and simply staged, the piece is, in essence, a celebration of the human miracle, and a 90-minute pondering of our place in the universe, taking us from the Big Bang to the present state of our species and planet. Ontroerend Goed is known for its irreverence and sense of humor, despite the gravity of the most significant story of all. May 25 to June 3 Upstairs at
'I Am Going to Change the World'
In what seems like a timely tale in a moment of fraught IPOs, a new
This adult, cabaret-style, burlesque-fused circus is highly regarded among aficionados of the more intimate circuses. Many of the acts (which include the likes of Le Gateau Chocolat, The English Gents, Cabaret Decadanse and Miss Behave) were part of a previous show called La Clique, which did very well in Europe. "La Soiree" arrives in Chicago in July to make its United States debut, as the centerpiece of the first season at the new
'Oedipus El Rey'
Over at the
'Eastland: A New Musical'
Tourists wandering along Wacker Drive can often be seen puzzling over a plaque commemorating the victims of Chicago's own version of the Titanic disaster, wherein an employee picnic for the Western Electric Company on July 24, 1915 turned into one of this city's darkest days as the S.S. Eastland rolled into the river and claimed more than 800 mostly working-class lives. The Lookingglass Theatre is turning this terrible event into an original musical, written by Andrew White with music by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman, that aims to give voice to the extraordinary heroes and victims of that dark Chicago summer's day. June 6 to July 29 by Lookingglass Theatre in
A celebration of the spectacular hats worn by African-American women, especially at church, director
You wouldn't think of Tracy Letts, the let-it-roar author of "August: Osage County," as a natural match for Anton Chekhov, the Russian master of the repressed, nuanced lament. But Letts is a formidably catholic talent, and his new adaptation of
'Hero: A New Musical'
A rare example of a new, homegrown musical at the high-profile
American Players Theatre
Prefer to get out of town during the warmer months? The bucolic and traditionalist American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., has