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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsApril 2016

Theater
Comedies

Othello: The Remix
Othello: The Remix Photo: Michael Brosilow

AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP

4/28–6/5 Chicago playwright Dana Lynn Formby puts audiences on the front lines of blue-collar life in this story of a basement beauty shop run by a single mom and her bright, combative daughter. $13–$33. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago. chicagodramatists.org

DEATH OF A STREETCAR NAMED VIRGINIA WOOLF: A PARODY

4/27–7/17 Blanche DuBois and Willy Loman walk into a bar. That’s the wackadoodle premise of this Writers Theatre and Second City tandem, which sets the characters of Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Our Town at odds. $35–$90. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor, Glencoe. writerstheatre.org

HILLARY AND CLINTON

4/1–5/1 Lucas Hnath’s premiere takes place in an “alternate universe” in which a woman named Hillary campaigns for U.S. president. $20–$60. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. victorygardens.org

 

THE MATCHMAKER

Through 4/10 Henry Wishcamper directs Thornton Wilder’s classic about a New York busybody with a knack for pairing singles. Broadway vet Kristine Nielsen plays the indomitable Dolly Levi in the mother of all rom-coms. $25–$82. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org

 

OTHELLO: THE REMIX

4/12–5/8 The Q Brothers turn Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedy into a hilarious 90-minute rap. (Don’t fret: Everybody still dies.) $20–$45. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. chicagoshakes.com

THE REALIZATION OF EMILY LINDER

4/6–5/8 After foreseeing her own death, a woman calls on her reluctant children to plan her funeral and eulogy. Expect high-grade giggles at the hand of director Hans Fleischmann. $15–$35. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. redtwist.org

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