Theater under the stars
The Oil Lamp Theater 2022 outdoor season continues with “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment”. Donald Margulies’ comedy-adventure drama is inspired by a Swiss explorer named Louis de Rougemont, who regaled 19th-century London audiences with crazy tales of adventures he claimed to have experienced on a trip to the Asia-Pacific region. The production features Logan Brown as Louis with Jasmine Robinson and Van Ferro.
8 p.m. Thursday August 5, Friday August 6; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday August 7 and 3 p.m. Sunday August 8 and through August 29, on the lawn of St. David’s Episcopal Church, 2410 Glenview Road, Glenview. $ 45. See oillamptheater.org for more information on COVID-19 precautions.
The Kane Repertory Theater presents an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”. Paul Kassel, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, directs.
7 p.m. Thursday August 12 and Friday August 13 and until August 27; also at 2:00 p.m. on August 29, at the Pottawatomie Park Lodge, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. $ 15 to $ 30. See kanerepertorytheatre.com.
Concerts at the Marriott
Actor and recording artist Chester Gregory – who has been acclaimed for his performance in the lead role of “The Jackie Wilson Story” – kicks off the Marriott Theater concert series in 2021 highlighting the pop hits from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. “Higher and Higher: A Rock ‘n Soul Party with Chester Gregory” features the actor and recording artist channeling greats like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and James Brown.
7 p.m. Saturday August 14 and 3 p.m. Sunday August 15 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. $ 55. COVID-19 precautions, including face masks, may be in effect. (847) 634-0200 or artistsloungelive.com.
In other news
• American Blues Theater is hosting a virtual reading of “Refugee Rhapsody,” Yussef El Guindi’s review of race, class and privilege, at 7 pm Friday, August 6, on americanbluestheater.com. Winner of ABT’s 2021 Blue Ink Playwriting Award, “Refugee Rhapsody” is about an Arab-American woman who undergoes a mental health assessment to determine why she committed a violent crime against an heiress. The suggested donation is $ 10.
• The Factory Theater silent auction continues until August 30. Venues offering items include the Field Museum, Ziplines & Lake Geneva Adventures, Lou Malnati’s Pizza, and Waterriders Chicago River Kayak Tours and Rentals. See factorytheater.com.
• Chicago storytelling collective 2nd Story announced the kick-off of its upcoming 23rd season on August 28, with three first performances examining how people get along in an unknown world. This is followed on September 25 by a fundraiser featuring artists from across the country. The October 9 performance consists of stories of people stepping out of their comfort zone. On October 30, participants share stories about strange incidents. Family stories are playing for November 21. The December 11 holiday show features three tales from the 2nd Story repertoire. The first half of the collective’s season ends on January 25 with stories of black artists. Performances will take place on Zoom until further notice. Admission is chargeable. See 2ndstory.com for more information.
• About Face Theater has announced that its 27th season will begin on March 17, 2022, with the Chicago area premiere of Samantha Mueller’s “Laced”. The day after a gay bar in Florida was vandalized, three bartenders get together to process the events and decide whether to try to figure out what happened or clean up and move on. Next is “The Magnolia Ballet” (May 12-June 11, 2022), a new play by Terry Guest about a black teenager struggling with racism, homophobia and toxic masculinity who uncovers a secret that could destroy his family. The season ends on June 18, 2022 with the untitled About Face youth show featuring LGBTQ + teen theater directors. Performances are held at the Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Information on tickets to be announced. See aboutfacetheatre.com.
• Hell in a Handbag Productions has announced that its 20th anniversary season will begin this fall with the upcoming installation of the company’s popular “Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes” series. “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 5 – Sex!” runs from September 16 to October 23. This is followed in November by a cover of “Christmas Dearest,” the holiday satire about Hollywood diva Joan Crawford visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Then, “The Drag Seed” (February 12-March 19, 2022), a parody of the 1956 horror film “The Bad Seed”, a production which will be revived in New York. The season ends on May 28, 2022 with the premiere of “A Fine Feathered Murder: A Miss Marbled Mystery”, a thriller inspired by Agatha Christie’s famous amateur sleuth, Miss Marple. “Golden Girls” takes place at the Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago. “The Drag Seed” and “A Fine Feathered Murder” take place at the Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago. The “Christmas Dearest” location will be announced. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for first show. See sac à mainproductions.org.