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Eight Comedies on Stage in Chicago This Month

An African-American Tartuffe, a doomsday prepper, an angry, articulate hermit, a 370-year-old rom-com: wackiness ensues.

Grace Gealey, Elizabeth Ledo, and Travis Turner in Molière’s ‘Tartuffe.’

Photo: Michael Brosilow

From left: Grace Gealey, Elizabeth Ledo, and Travis Turner in Molière’s Tartuffe.

BEDROOM FARCE
7/25–9/1 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 Set 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. Previews through 7/1, $15. Regular run $20–$25. $15 students, seniors. Sideshow Theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago. sideshowtheatre.org.

CYMBELINE: A FOLK TALE WITH MUSIC
Through 7/21 David Rice adapts Shakespeare’s comedy for the mountains of Appalachia, where the heroine, Imogen, finds refuge with a shepherd to escape accusations of betraying her lover. $26–$37. First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st, Oak Brook. firstfolio.org.

KATE’S DATES
Through 7/14 The playwright Kate Loftus mines her love life in this piece taken “verbatim” from her Web chronicle of first impressions, wretched rendezvous, and the search for Mr. Right. $10–$25. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln. greenhousetheater.org.

THE LIAR
Through 7/28 A brilliant rascal, mistaken identity, the threat of an ill-conceived arranged marriage, and a pathological fabulist—such are the ingredients in David Ives’s adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 370-year-old rom-com romp of sex and scoundrels. $35–$75. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor, Glencoe. writerstheatre.org.

TARTUFFE
Through 7/14 Molière’s farce about a ne’er-do-well and the chaos he causes after winning the trust of a prominent family gets a contemporary spin with an African American cast and a Hyde Park setting. $35–$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis. courttheatre.org.

UNCLE BOB
Through 7/21 Put a volatile, directionless young man with an angry, articulate hermit convinced he’s dying a meaningless death, and you’ve got a recipe for some high-octane dialogue. Austin Pendleton’s hot-tempered pas de deux is an ideal match for Mary-Arrchie’s combustible aesthetic. $15–$25. Mary-Arrchie Theatre, 735 W Sheridan. maryarrchie.com.

 

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