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Chicagoland stages have something for everyone this summer

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Various theatrical genres jazz up Chicago-area stages this June, July and August as the following show descriptions note.

Comedy
Brian Crawford with Lauren Pizzi, Blake Russell and Will Von Vogt star in LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Partners directed by Kendra Miller. The comedy about modern relationships performs through July 20 at The Den Theatre on 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. For tickets, call 312-533-4666 or visit www.livewirechicago.com.

From July 12 through August 10, Brian McCartney, Patrice Egleston, Meg Warner, Lydia Berger Gray and Fred Geyer star in the Shakespearean comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Mayslake Peabody Estate on 1717 W 31st Street in Oak Brook. For tickets and more information, call 630-986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.

Variety
The Lounge Devils present singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, and a strong man in Variety-Ville at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at Gorilla Tango Bucktown on 1919 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. Tickets to this and the Build-A-Tale show are available at gorillatango.com/bucktown or by calling 773-598-4549.

Black Ensemble Theater presents the world premiere musical The Story of The Marvelettes directed by Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles from July 18 to September 7 at Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center on 4450 N. Clark Street. For tickets, visit www.blackensemble.org or call 773- 769-4451.

Drama

Dori Erwin Collins, David Guy, Sean Jaskiewicz, Caroline Phillips and Scott Stockwell star in Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare directed by Jeffrey Clark Stokes. The drama presented by Ghost Light Productions and Jeffrey Clark Stokes performs (July 13-25) at Chicago’s Den Theatre on 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

From July 22 to August 30, Molly Fisher, Rudy Galvan, Lauren Guglielmello, Adam Soule, Stephen Walker and Kathrynne Wolf star in Hellish Half-Light: Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett featuring six of the Irish playwright’s works. Presented by Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., the show directed by Jennifer Markowitz performs at Chicago’s Angel Island on 731 W. Sheridan Road. Tickets go on sale on July 1 at www.ticketweb.com.

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