STEP AEROBICS A cast of four barrels through a high-speed comedic take on Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 05.19.10 through Tue 05.25.10:
theatre The 39 Steps
ALSO THIS WEEK: Got a hankering for more Broadway, baby? Glee Live, featuring the cast of the cult Fox show, is virtually sold out, but for a production that doesn’t limit the action to singing, swaying, and earnest fist-pumping, try Fuerza Bruta, a participatory extravaganza from the folks behind De La Guarda.
theatre The Brother/Sister Plays
ALSO THIS WEEK: When one play closes, another one opens. Beginning previews this week: American Blues Theater’s take on Erskine Caldwell’s 1932 drama about Georgia hillbillies, Tobacco Road, at Victory Gardens. In the words of our theatre writer Catey Sullivan, “We foresee a revival as strong as backwoods moonshine on any empty stomach.”
theatre War with the Newts
concerts Rachel Barton Pine in Earthen Grave
tours The Legacy of Chess Records
ALSO THIS WEEK: Keep an eye peeled for the opening of the new Buddy Guy’s Legends, helmed by one of Wolf’s fellow Chicago blues icons, who plays Ravinia in (you guessed it) June.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
classical Chicago Chamber Musicians
The Pulitzer winner Steven Stucky oversees a concert of his own music, plus some of his inspirations, by a top-tier ensemble.
GO: May 23 at 3. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. chicagochambermusic.org
museums The Real Estate
Closing this week at the MoCP: a show of photos by the German-turned-Chicago duo Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann documenting area homes in foreclosure.
GO: Through May 23. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 600 S Michigan. mocp.org
literature Jane Smiley
The winner of the 1992 Pulitzer for her novel A Thousand Acres talks about her new book, Private Life, with Victoria Lautman.
GO: May 20 at 6. Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State. chipublib.org
Photography: CRAIG SCHWARTZ 2009