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Theater events: Three Brothers revives 'Crimes'

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  • Alanna Taylor, Melanie McCullough, Christina Harper and Katrina Richard star in Black Ensemble Theater's "The Marvelous Marvelettes."

      Alanna Taylor, Melanie McCullough, Christina Harper and Katrina Richard star in Black Ensemble Theater's "The Marvelous Marvelettes."

 
 

Three Bros 'Crimes'
Three Brothers Theatre revives "Crimes of the Heart," Beth Henley's dramedy about three estranged sisters who return to their Mississippi home for the funeral of their grandfather and for the trial of youngest sister Babe, who's been arrested on charges of shooting her husband. The production marks the Waukegan company's second season.
Opens 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at 115 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $15, $20. (319) 621-0024 or 3brostheatre.com.

Love at the Laundromat
Cindy works at a Laundromat and pines over an old boyfriend until a pair of guardian angels shows up to help her find love in a "fluff-and-fold" world in "Suds: The Rockin' '60s Musical," which features pop tunes including "Where the Boys Are," "Walk on By" and "These Boots are Made for Walking." The Williams Street Repertory production stars Kim Shriver, Amanda Flahive, Amy Ferraro and Christopher Davis.
8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through July 27, at Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $32.50, $38.50. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.

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Funny ladies
The old broads are back to crack wise on aging. Comedienne Caryn Bark ("Diary of a Skokie Girl"), Boomer Babes Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin and newcomer standup Robin Riebman bring their show "Funny Old Broads" back to the Skokie Theatre where it debuted last summer.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Aug. 14, at 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. $25. (847) 677-7761 or skokietheatre.com.

What's new
• Chicago Shakespeare Theater's free Shakespeare in the Parks production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- a comedy about the romantic misadventures of two couples, a battling Fairy King and Queen and a troupe of hapless actors -- kicks off at 6:30 p.m., today at Gateway Park, on Navy Pier's south lawn at 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Subsequent performances take place at Garfield Park, 300 N. Central Park Ave.; Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; Frank J. Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.; and South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, among other locations. See chicagoshakes.com for a complete schedule.

• The Marvelettes, one of Motown Records' earliest success stories, is the subject of Black Ensemble Theatre's world premiere bio-musical, "The Marvelous Marvelettes," beginning previews today at 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. The show opens Sunday. (773) 769-4451 or blackensembletheater.org.

• Writer/performer Jen Bosworth chronicles her experiences as an actress in Los Angeles and as a woman facing a loved one's battle with cancer in "Why Not Me, Love, Cancer & Jack White." Bosworth performs her solo show beginning today at BoHo Theater, Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. Additionally, Bosworth will donate 30 percent of her proceeds from each show to various charities including: Gilda's Club Chicago, Kellogg Cancer Center, Alzheimers Association, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Little Brothers, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Compassionate Friends, among other organizations. See adamnnicelady.com for more information.

• Singer Megon McDonough brings "Her Way: An Interesting Bunch of Gals" to the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. McDonough performs at 8 p.m. Saturday. The solo show salutes great female singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Lulu, Edith Piaf, Judy Collings, Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt and others. (847) 677-7761 or skokietheatre.com.

• Citadel Theatre Company hosts its first fundraiser gala, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," on Saturday at a private estate in Mundelein. Tickets are $150 and include cocktails and dinner, a performance of Shakespeare's titular romantic comedy, live and silent auction and dancing. (847) 735-8554 or citadeltheatre.org.

• Oracle Theatre, winner of Broadway in Chicago's 2014 Emerging Theater Award, presents its world premiere adaptation of "The Jungle," Upton Sinclair's expose of the condition of immigrants working in Chicago's meatpacking industry. Adapted and directed by Matt Foss, the production opens Saturday at 3809 N. Broadway St., Chicago. Admission is free, however donations are accepted and reservations are recommended. See publicaccesstheatre.org.

• Midsommer Flight presents "Much Ado About Nothing," about two couples navigating the rocky seas of romance, as part of its third summer of Shakespeare in the Park. Performances begin at 6 p.m., Saturday at Schreiber Park, 1552 W. Schreiber Ave., Chicago. Performances continue there through July 26. Aug. 2 through 10, performances take place at Gross Park, 2708 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. Aug. 16 through 24, performances take place at Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina St., Chicago. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Midsommer Flight artistic director Beth Wolf directs. See midsommerflight.com for showtimes.

• Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, debuts "Selling Out," an original sketch comedy revue about the advertising business. Performances run Saturdays from July 19 through Aug. 9. (773) 598-4549 or gorillatango.com.

"WOZ: A Rock Cabaret" comes to the Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, for a brief run beginning this weekend. Inspired by "The Wizard of Oz" film, the show features seven cabaret artists performing favorite tunes from the 1980s to the present. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2. (773) 871-3000 or victorygardens.org.

• Previews begin Tuesday, July 22, at Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company's "Hellish Half-Light," a showcase of shorter plays by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. Jennifer Markowitz directs the showcase, which opens Thursday, July 24. (773) 871-0442 or maryarrchie.com.

• A shy man begins a new job at a retirement home where savvy residents help him break out of his shell in "Geezers," a new play by redtwist theatre ensemble member Tommy Lee Johnston. Ensemble member Jan Ellen Graves directs the company's world premiere, which begins previews Wednesday, July 23, at 1044 Bryn Mawr, Chicago. The production opens July 26. (773) 728-7529 or redtwist.org.

• Shattered Globe Theatre recently announced the first two productions of its 2014-2015 season. They include the Chicago area premiere "The Whaleship Essex" (Aug. 29-Oct. 11) by ensemble member/actor/set designer/sailor Joe Forbrich. Lou Contey directs the play inspired by the Essex, which sank on Nov. 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean after an encounter with a whale. The company revives Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" beginning Jan. 15, 2015. Joseph Jefferson Award winner Greg Vinkler directs ensemble member Eileen Nicolai in the drama about an overprotective Sicilian widow who contents herself with memories of her late husband until a truck driver upends her life. The final production of Shattered Globe's 24th season will be announced soon. Performances take place at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, and tickets will go on sale later this year. (773) 975-8150 or shatteredglobe.org.

• Haven Theatre Company announced its 2014-2015 season, its second featuring two Chicago premieres. The season begins Nov. 21 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, with "Hot Georgia Sunday," by Catherine Trieschmann. Marti Lyons directs the play about family dysfunction in a small, northeast Georgia town. The season resumes next spring with Stephen Belber's "Don't Go Gentle" (May 30-July 12, 2015), about a retired judge trying to make amends for the mistakes he made with his family by helping a young, African-American single mother with a troubled teenage son. Cody Estle directs the production at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Tickets will be available later this year at haventheatrechicago.com.

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