1. The Madness of George III, written by British playwright Alan Bennett (he won a Tony for The History Boys), just started it’s run at the Shakespeare Theater. No but really, hustle; it’s not quite Shakespeare, so it’s not like there will be a million productions of this.
2. The Filament Theater is separating Orpheus and Eurydice, perhaps in homage to how they were divided for eternity, into individual productions of Orpheus and Eurydice. The production of Orpheus is decidely modern — the Underworld has been turned into a nightclub, and fate is the DJ — while Eurydice takes a look at the story from the female production. Performances start today; you can even see them back to back if you like to compare and contrast.
3. Ethan Frome is closing at the Lookingglass this weekend, so if your cup of tea is a sober Edith Wharton story set in a very bleak New England, soak that up while you can. No but really, it’s an excellent story.
4. David New is directing a workshop production of These Shining Lives for University Theater at the University of Chicago. There’s a free preview tonight, but productions this weekend are very cheap, because it is college after all. The play, written by Melanie Marnich, is about radioactive paint and takes place in the 1930s.
5. Finally, something light and cheery! Comedian Kelsie Huff uses her complicated teen years in a monthlong run of BRUISER: Tales from a Traumitized Tomboy. It opens tomorrow at the Gorilla Tango Theatre at 8 pm, and Huff says the production was largely inspired by her family. She told the Sun-Times that “You know, you grow up and want to escape and then realize it’s not as bad as you think it was. But I must say they are still rockin’ those ’80s hairstyles. Some things just don’t change.”
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