Curtain Call: Chicago theater previews, openings June 7-13, 2019

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Reagan Pender (from left), Elisabeth Del Toro, Annabelle Revak and Kyle Ryan in “The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe” at Underscore Theatre.

Reagan Pender (from left), Elisabeth Del Toro, Annabelle Revak and Kyle Ryan in “The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe” at Underscore Theatre.

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Looking to take in some live theater in Chicago? Here are some highlights for the week ahead:

PICK OF THE WEEK:

“The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe”: For the past six years Underscore Theatre Company has produced the always interesting Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, an event that features new and wide-ranging musicals from Chicago and around the country. “The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe” won Best of Fest at the 2018 festival. Brian Huther, Ben Auxier and Seth Macchi’s set their musical in the early days of Hollywood as two talented but down-on-their-luck vaudeville performers, Lefty (Kyle Ryan) and Crabbe (Shea Pender), navigate the ever-changing landscape. Rusty Sneary directs the show, which is staged in Underscore’s newly, renovated permanent home. Previews begin June 8, opens June 11; to July 14. Underscore Theatre at The Understudy, 4609 N. Clark; $20, $25; underscoretheatre.org

Celebration of Authors: Barrel of Monkeys presents performances of student-written stories created at each of its partner school and after-school programs during the 2018-19 season. June 13. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th, Free; barrelofmonkeys.org

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”: Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek’s musical about two con-men on the French Riviera; directed by Jeffrey Cass. Opens June 7; to June 23. Brightside Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall Theatre, North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth, Naperville, $30; brightsidetheatre.com

“Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland”: Ingersoll shares songs and stories from the legendary singer’s career. June 8. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire, $50; artistsloungelive.com

“Gilgamesh and Enkidu”: A collaboration between actor-musician Ahmed Moneka, actor-writer Jesse LaVercombe and playwright Seth Bockley which takes the world’s oldest story and infuses it with Iraqi music and 21st century biography to illuminate the tale’s eternal mysteries; presented by Pivot Arts Festival. June 7-9. Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa, $25; pivotarts.org

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”: The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical satire of 1960s big business is performed with a full orchestra. Opens June 8; to June 16. Music Theater Works, 600 Emerson, Evanston, $34-$96; musictheaterworks.com

The cast of “If I Forget: Daniel Cantor (clockwise from top), Elizabeth Ledo, David Darlow and Gail Shapiro.

The cast of “If I Forget: Daniel Cantor (clockwise from top), Elizabeth Ledo, David Darlow and Gail Shapiro.

Todd Rosenberg Photography

“If I Forget”: Steven Levenson’s family drama explores the complexity of history, legacy, gentrification and identity; directed by Devon de Mayo. Previews begin June 7, opens June 14; to July 7. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, $27-$60; victorygardens.org

“Prophet$”: Anthony Tournis’ comedy about profiteering in the world of ‘80s televangelism; directed by Wm. Bullion. Previews begin June 7, opens June 14; to July 20. Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard, $25; factorytheater.com

Chelsee Carter (from left), Joe Lino, and Christina Gorman star in BoHo Theatre’s production of “The River.”

Chelsee Carter (from left), Joe Lino, and Christina Gorman star in BoHo Theatre’s production of “The River.”

Nathanael Filbert

“The River”: Jez Butterworth’s play is part thriller, part ghost story in a tale of love and loss; directed by Jerrell L. Henderson. Previews begin June 8, opens June 15; to July 28. BoHo Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, $30; bohotheatre.com

“Sweet Texas Reckoning”: Traci Godfrey’s comedy about a lonely, bigoted woman whose daughter comes to visit with her African-American wife; directed by Julie Proudfoot. Opens June 7; to June 30. Artemisia at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, $25; artemisiatheatre.org

“We Are Pussy Riot (Or Everything Is P.R.)”: Barbara Hammond weaves together trial transcripts, letters, interviews, media coverage and statements from celebrities and public officials to reimagine the story of Pussy Riot, the collective of Russian activists; directed by Kate Hendrickson. Opens June 7; to July 6. Red Tape Theatre at The Ready, 4546 N. Western, Free; redtapetheatre.org

Mary Houlihan is a local freelance writer.

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