Five Great Comedies in Chicago Theatres This Month

There are great shows on stage now, and the pick of the month is yet to come.

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Bedroom Farce is playing at the Eclipse Theatre as part of an all-Alan Ayckbourn season.

BEDROOM FARCE
Through 9/1 Eclipse continues its all–Alan Ayckbourn season with this mounting of the British playwright’s 1975 sex-fueled comedy featuring four couples, three bedrooms, and one long Saturday night of dysfunction. $28. $22 students, seniors. Eclipse Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport. eclipsetheatre.com.

BOEING, BOEING
Through 8/4 In 1965, a libertine Parisian architect juggles three air hostess fiancées while his beleaguered housekeeper attempts to keep the women from running into one another. Wackiness ensues. $35–$49. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylaneoakbrook.com.

THE BURDEN OF NOT HAVING A TAIL
Through 8/4 The end is nigh in the playwright Carrie Barrett’s apocalyptic tale of a doomsday prepper offering an inside-the-bunker primer. The ensemble member Karie Miller delves into the price of safety and its attendant psychological issues. $20–$25. $15 students, seniors. Sideshow Theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago. sideshowtheatre.org.

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
8/30–10/12 Charles Ludlam’s two-hander both spoofs and celebrates high camp and gothic horror. It also requires a pair of actors who can morph at warp speed into a parade of over-the-top eccentrics, including an aristocratic Egyptologist with a dark secret, a maid who suffers no fools, and a young bride who finds herself in the midst of a mystery of penny-dreadful proportions. Previews through 9/1, $15. Regular run $25. $22 seniors, $15 students, $10 children 10 and younger. Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main, Evanston. piccolotheatre.com.

MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS Critic’s Pick
8/15–9/22 The SNL alum Nora Dunn writes and stars in this one-woman show about stories both fictitious (an 87-year-old Hollywood doyenne who discovers a 1950s star) and autobiographical (tales from her Chicago childhood). Given Dunn’s history as a character chameleon, expect a fascinating narrative, whether it’s grounded in myth, mirth, or both. $24–$32. Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont. theaterwit.org.

 

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