Lookingglass Theatre

The "theatre season" is year-round in our city, so don't think for a second that you can slack off on your standing ovations as we approach the warmer months. No, no, my friends, stay vigilant, stay alert, and stay theatre-obsessed. Or, to make things easier, read this blog because we obsess. Hard. During your visit to Chicago this month, don't miss these five under-the-radar shows.

Still Alice at the Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan Ave.)

This adaptation of an award winning novel is touching and poignant. It centers around Neurologist Alice Howard as she faces the deterioration of her own mind. As she tries to continue living an independent life, Alice's story is one that you will want to see.

Collected Stories by American Blues Theatre at Biograph (2433 N. Lincoln Ave.)

This Pulitzer Prize-winning script is adapted for the Biograph stage by mother-daughter directing duo Mary Ann and Jessica Thebus. Strangely fitting, the play pits a mentor and protégé against one another in a feud over intellectual property and creative industries. Between the directing and acting teams, this show promises to be compelling.

Death Takes a Holiday by Circle Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.)

This captivating play about a casualty of World War I is coming back to life and is just as touching and entertaining this time around. Returning disguised as a Prince, the soldier experiences immense joy and heartbreak during his stay at an Italian villa.

El Stories by Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse Theatre Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.)

The El is an iconic fixture in the Chicago landscape. It's also a place where thousands of people from all different backgrounds gather everyday. This is the inspiration of El Stories, a show in its fourth incarnation. The show uses actual stories of Chicago's public transit system in this funny, sad, and unconventional production

James Barrie's Quartets by ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn St.)

British Victorian is so in right now, so I thought I would offer one of Chicago's contributions to the revival of interest in this dynamic time period. British writer James Barrie offers his uniquely Victorian perspective on human relationships in this collection of short plays.

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