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Summer of love headlines Chicago theater scene

Experience Hair the musical
Experience Hair the musical
American theater company

There's a lot to love this summer in Chicago, especially when it comes to theater, starting with Hair at the American Theater Company. Here's just a snippet of what's playing in and around the city.

AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY HAIR Through June 29, 2014 Location: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street Tickets: $48-$53 Buy online at

Greenwich Village. 1967. During the most tumultuous year in our nation's history, a group of young hippies explore sex, love, and rock 'n' roll while fighting for civil rights and the end of the war in Vietnam. Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and author James Rado return some original 1967 off-Broadway material for this unique Chicago version of the controversial rock musical that forever changed the American theatre.

The Chicago Premiere of Mud Blue Sky
Through June 29, 2014
Location: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells
Tickets: $25-$30
Box Office: 1531 N. Wells Ave, Chicago, (312) 943-8722; or online

A high school pot dealer abandons his prom night to crash the hotel room reunion between three flight attendants (all old enough to be his mother). Booze is poured, herb is smoked, the room blurs and futures, careers, and kindness snap sharply into focus. We suggest that you keep your seat belt fastened throughout the performance, as you are certain to experience turbulence. Local Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn's profoundly compassionate and fiercely witty play makes its Chicago Premiere.

One Hit Wonders
Written by Rueben D. Echoles in collaboration with Dawn Bless
Directed by Daryl D. Brooks
May 17 – June 29
Press Opening: May 21, 2014, at 7:30pm
Location: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. Valet parking available.
Tickets: $55 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday matinees;
$65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees.
Box Office: Buy online at or call (773) 769-4451

This not-to-be-missed, hilarious musical spans some of the world’s biggest hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. One Hit Wonders is a fun musical comedy that promises to deliver surprises and excitement. The audience will be amazed at hearing extremely popular music that they never realized was a one hit wonder. What are some of the songs? Well we want you to wonder about that. We can promise that this world premiere musical will be delivered in true Black Ensemble Theater style and leave you wanting for more.

The Story of the Marvelettes
By Reginald Williams
Directed by Rueben Echoles
July 20-September 14, 2014
Location: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. Valet parking available.
Tickets: $55 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday matinees;
$65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees.
Box Office: Buy online at or call (773) 769-4451

They were the first ladies of Motown way before the Supremes—one of the greatest girl groups that Motown ever had and they were called The Marvelettes.

Henry V
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Luscombe
April 29 – June 15, 2014
Location: Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater, 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Tickets: $48-$78
Box Office: 312.595.5600 or

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” In a rousing finale to the 2014 season, Shakespeare’s powerful history play takes center stage in our magnificent Courtyard Theater for the very first time. Acclaimed British director Christopher Luscombe, whose work has been featured at the Royal Shakespeare Company, sheds new light on the Bard’s legendary coming-of-age story. Against all odds, a charismatic young monarch confronted by the ferocity of war proves his worth as a man—and king. Henry V is Shakespeare’s rallying cry, celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields from thin air and ignite our souls to action.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
July 5–August 17, 2014
Press Openings: Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12
Location: CST’s Courtyard Theater
Ticket: $18 Children (12 & under), $28 Adults

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this Seussical is written by the Tony Award® winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime and Once on This Island, and was co-conceived with Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame. Each performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors in the Lobby for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed & adapted by David H. Bell
July 18–August 17, 2014

The wildly popular Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program brings William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, FREE FOR ALL, to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. As in previous years, a specially equipped truck will roll into each park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages. In this popular Shakespearean comedy, a quartet of mismatched lovers, a gaggle of hapless actors and mischievous sprites cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. A wondrous wood brimming with paramours and possibilities sets the scene for this spectacular tale, exploring the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the wonder of waking up from the sweetest of dreams.


Lost in Yonkers
By Neil Simon
Directed by Devon de Mayo
May 2 – June 8, 2014
Press Opening: May 9, 2014
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
Tickets: $25-$72 Tickets for those 25 and under are $15, any performance, (subject to availability)
Box Office: 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie; 847.673.6300;

This nostalgic memory play takes us back to the summer of 1942 – WWII is on, and Eddie, flat broke, has no alternative but to leave his sons with their grandmother while he struggles to pay off his debts. The boys are left to contend with an ill-tempered Grandma, the sweet but damaged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

Lost in Yonkers won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

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