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From Greek tragedy to Chekhovian comedy, stages spotlight big names this summer

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“Kareem Bandealy is one of Chicago’s most esteemed actors,” says Michael Patrick Thornton who plays Iago to Bandealy’s Othello in the Shakespearean play of the same name. “We first collaborated years ago on Julius Caesar for A Crew of Patches Theatre, and this reunion for Othello is as overdue as it is exciting.” Under the direction of Jonathan Berry, the Gift Theatre production is a first for the company since it’s never done Shakespeare before. To see Othello performed from July 17 to August 24 on 4802 N. Milwaukee in Chicago, visit www.thegifttheatre.org for tickets.

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over,” “Hey, Good Lookin” and “Jambalaya” are among the songs featured in the American Blues Theater remount of Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Matthew Brumlow stars in the musical by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik from July 25 to August 31 at the Greenhouse Theater Center’s Downstage Mainstage Theater on 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. For a full performance schedule, call 773-404-7336 or visit www.americanbluestheater.com.

More than 30 Greek tragedies are wrapped into one 12-hour adaptation in the Hypocrites world premiere of All Our Tragic by Founding Artistic Director Sean Graney at Chicago’s Den Theatre on 1329 N. Milwaukee Avenue from August 2 to October 5. For details, visit www.the-hypocrites.com.

Matt Fletcher, Nina O’Keefe, Nate Whelden, Katy Carolina Collins, Cody Proctor, Stacy Stoltz and Norm Woode star in the Midwest premiere of Aaron Posner’s Stupid F*cking Bird. The comic take on Chekhov’s The Seagull is directed by Jonathan L. Green, artistic director of Sideshow Theatre Company which kicks off its 2014-15 season with the production from August 16 to September 21 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. For tickets and more information, visit www.victorygardens.org or call 773-871-3000.

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