PlayMakers Laboratory performs in Chicago parks


Fun in the sun

PlayMakers Laboratory presents “Stories Under the Sun,” a family-friendly performance series set across Chicago as part of the city’s Night Out in the Parks series. Similar to PlayMakers’ “It’s Weird, Grandma”, the performances consist of adaptations of stories written by Chicago schoolchildren.

5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 6 at Cole Park, 361 E. 85th St., Chicago; Wednesday July 7 at Gill Park, 825 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago; Thursday July 8 at Moore Park, 5085 W. Adams St., Chicago. To free. See

Stephanie Stockstill, left, Travis Shanahan and Julia Rowley appear at the premiere of Ross Compton’s “Henchpeople” at the Theater Above the Law.

Comedy about villains

Theater Above the Law resumes live and in-person performances with “Henchpeople,” Ross Compton’s comedy about a supervillain’s henchmen facing the fallout of a sinister plan gone awry. These fallouts include the clash of a formidable superhero and an army of violent infantrymen. Tony Lawry directs.

Previews at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 8 and Friday, July 9 at Jarvis Square Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., Chicago. In-person performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through August 1. In-person spectators over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination for admission and wear masks. Streaming option available. $ 15 to $ 25. See

In other news

• The Folio Theater’s first artistic associate, Diana Coates, reads “Corduroy,” Don Freeman’s children’s tale about a teddy bear in a department store expecting a child, as part of the bedtime story series in Oak Brook Theater line. The First Folio Storytellers series continues with Sierra Schnack reading Mossa’s “Rainbow Door” poem. The performances are being shown online through July 15 on the First Folio YouTube channel.

• The New Colony announced a name change to The New Coordinates to reflect its efforts “to be an anti-racist organization,” according to a prepared statement. “Part of our job is to educate and examine ourselves, to be responsible for our history as a predominantly white institution, and to enhance the experience of collaborating with BIPOC artists,” said co-artistic directors Fin Coe. and Stephanie Shum in a prepared statement. “To that end, one of the changes we’re making is the name of our company. It’s been an increasingly awkward adjustment for quite some time now. It is a bit absurd to call for decolonizing the theater and its working practices when it is there in our name, in our communications, a strange sticking point in all our presentations. “

• The Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, announced the resumption of live performances this fall. The lineup includes comedians Erik Griffin (October 8-9), Maria Bamford (October 14-17) and actress Jacqueline Novak on her off-Broadway show “Get on Your Knees”. The productions of The Den’s resident companies – Broken Nose Theater, First Floor Theater, Haven and The New Coordinates – will be announced later. Tickets for all shows go on sale July 9 at

• The Chicago Magic Lounge, a place of up-close magic at 5050 N. Clark St., Chicago, reopens August 2, with host Jan Rose welcoming headlining magician Luis Carreon and Justin Purcell to the main stage. Paige Thompson plays in the 654 Club. AJ Sacco, Deven Brown and The Amazing Bibik will entertain customers at the Performance Bar. The Magic Lounge is reserved for guests aged 21 and over, 16 and over accompanied by a legal guardian. See

• New Normal Rep, a new streaming theater company in its inaugural season, presents “Lines in the Dust”, Nikkole Salter’s play about a mother who takes desperate measures to ensure her daughter attends a high performing school instead of their underachieving neighborhood school. The production airs online from Thursday July 8 to August 10. Tickets cost $ 25, $ 10 for students, teachers, and theater professionals. See

• The Victory Gardens Theater welcomed Marisa Carr, Keelay Gipson, Isaac Gómez and Stacey Rose as new members of its Playwrights Ensemble whose three-year terms extend until 2024. Each playwright receives a world premiere production and a reading at the Ignition Festival of New Plays. Additionally, Victory Gardens will serve as a development hotbed for playwrights, providing support for new projects and connecting them with artists from Chicago and across the country.

• Porchlight Carolers at the Porchlight Music Theater is a new group of shows that members will entertain at corporate and private events starting this holiday season. The Home Front Festivities program features singers dressed in 1940s clothes singing holiday songs from that era. Santa Babies features singers dressed in 1950s style and playing tunes from the Eisenhower era. See

• City Lit Theater has announced that its 41st four-show season will begin on January 7, 2022, with the premiere of “The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains”, featuring puppets from The Puppet Company. It was adapted by LC Bernardine and Spencer Huffman from Owen Wister’s 1902 cowboy novel. This was followed on April 15, 2022 by “Emma’s Child”, the play by resident playwright Kristine Thatcher about a couple of Rogers Park planning to adopt the child of a pregnant teenager. Next is “The Playboy of the Western World” (July 1-August 14, 2022), the John Millington Synge classic about a man whose allegations he killed his father with a shovel make him a popular hero in his small village. Irish. The season ends with the musical “Aztec Human Sacrifice” (August 26-September 3, 2022), about the chosen one, who is to be sacrificed on the eve of the new millennium, but flees with the emperor’s daughter to the place. It is by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik, who created the musical “Summer Stock Murder”. Performances are held at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. Seasonal subscriptions are $ 68 for preview performances and $ 90 for regular performances. Single tickets cost $ 30 for previews and $ 34 for regular rides. See

• PrideArts has announced that its 2021-2022 season titled “The Search for Identity Among Queer Communities” will debut on August 19 with the US premiere of the musical “Things I Could Never Say To Steven”, on four people – wife, mother, father and ex-boyfriend – sharing details about their lives with Steven. Next comes the Chicago premiere of “4000 Days” (September 30-October 27) about a man who recovers from a coma and discovers that 11 years of his memory have been erased, including his memories of his partner, Paul. . This is followed by the premiere of “Christmas Karol: An Uptown Holiday Celebration Of Diversity” (December 11-January 2, 2022) about a woman facing the night she dreads most. The premiere of “When There Are Nine,” a bi-drama on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last day, begins on February 10, 2022. The season ends with a play to be announced. Performances are held at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. See


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