A Clown Car Named Desire

Don't have Lollapalooza tickets? Don't feel bad -- there's plenty more to do in Chicago this weekend to keep you busy. How 'bout a show? Many think summer is a down time for Chicago theatre, but there is actually a lot of great stuff playing -- from family-friendly fare to art rock to split-yer-pants comedy. Here are some must-see shows and stages for this weekend, no jean shorts or wristband required.

The Comedy of Errors

Want to take your theatergoing outside this weekend? We're due for some lovely, mild weather, after all. Well, check out Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. This family-friendly production is free and is performed on an outdoor stage that travels to neighborhood parks. This weekend they're taking the show to Loyola Park. See the schedule here

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

Another family-friendly option is Chicago Shakespeare's Shrek the Musical. This beloved Dreamworks film was made into a hit Broadway musical a few years ago, and ChiShakes has trimmed it down to a spritely 75-minute one-act. Which actually works quite well for squirmy kids. Adults, you'll enjoy it, too,given the amazing direction and stellar cast. 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

For a decidedly less family-friendly option, check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Theater Wit on 1229 W. Belmont. Many agree that Hedwig is one of the best rock musicals written in the past 45 years, ranking up there with Rent and Hair. Haven Theatre's production has some issues, but Ryan Lanning's searing performance as the embittered glam rocker gives David Bowie a run for his money. 

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

For the more serious theatre goer, check out Mary-Arrchie Theatre's unforgettable production of Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie. This critically acclaimed production has extended several times, which many citing it on their best-of lists. 

A Clown Car Named Desire

Clown Car Named Desire

Looking to laugh? Second City's latest revue -- one of the best I've seen in some time -- will get the job done. If the scene involving American Apparel retail workers doesn't make you pee your seat, you obviously are dead inside. Get tickets!

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