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Chicago plays—from About Face's Youth Theatre to Goodman's senior workshops

TYRANT photo by Jonathan L. Green
TYRANT photo by Jonathan L. Green

Goodman Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement GeNarrations program concludes its storytelling workshops for senior citizens with a free performance open to the public on Monday, June 16 at 4 p.m. at Goodman Theatre on 170 N Dearborn Street. No reservations are required. Also showing in Goodman's Owen Theatre is Seth Bockley’s satire Ask Aunt Susan featuring Alex Stage, Marc Grapey, Meghan Reardo, Jennie Moreau and Robyn Scott through June 22. For more information, visit

Matt Fletcher, Karie Miller, Andy Lutz, Clare O'Connor and Paige Smith star in Sideshow Theatre Company’s world premiere of Tyrant written by artistic associate Kathleen Akerley which runs through June 29 at Theater Wit on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue. For tickets, visit or cal 773-975-8150.

Under the direction of Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon, Kate Arrington, Owais Ahmed, Karen Aldridge, Diane Davis, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Keith Kupferer, David Pasquesi, Paul Oakley Stovall and Greg Stuhr star in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s world-premiere comedy The Qualms by ensemble member Bruce Norris from July 3 through August 31 in the downstairs theater on 1650 N Halsted Street. For tickets and more information, visit

Griffin Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of Ena Lamont Stewart’s drama Men Should Weep runs from July 5 to August 10 on the East Stage of the Raven Theatre Complex on 6157 N. Clark Street. Ensemble Member Robin Witt directs Katherine Banks, Maggie Cain, Christina Gorman, Ada Grey, Curtis Jackson, Jodi Kingsley, Tim Martin, Lori Myers, Ashley Neal, Amanda Powell, Ellie Reed, Michael Saguto, Roxanne Saylor, T. Isaac Sherman and Scot West. Tickets are available at or by calling 866-811-4111.

“The topic of Checking Boxes is one that our young ensemble felt very strongly about exploring,” says About Face Youth Theatre Education and Outreach Director Ali Hoefnagel. “Checking Boxes refers to the simultaneous pride and limitation of the identities we often place ourselves in; we check boxes for our race, gender, age, sexual preference, ethnicity, etc. Our tight-knit ensemble devised a play that explores the intersection of those identities to speak to the broken immigration system in America.”

Presented in association with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative, Shannon Matesky’s Checking Boxes performs for free on Thursday and Friday evenings from July 10 to August 1 at parks across the city. For details, visit and