First Look Repertory | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Merle Reskin Garage Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: July 31-Aug. 24 2014
Price: $20
To paraphrase Martha and the Vandellas, summer's here and the time is right for sitting in the seats. Chicago's conventional theater season may still (roughly) follow the September-to-June academic calendar, but festivals have burgeoned­—along with outdoor Shakespeare—to fill up the warm-weather down period. For example: A physical theater festival called Physical ran here earlier this month, as did the Drekfest rotten-play competition. The three-day Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins performance marathon begins this Friday (see page 22). Next comes A Jangleheart Circus, promising 111 improv and sketch comedy acts. And the Chicago Fringe Festival dances summer out with 48 shows, starting Labor Day weekend. In that context Steppenwolf Theatre's First Look Repertory comes off as a modest affair. This year's edition—the ninth annual—comprises just two readings and a trio of "developmental productions" presenting new plays by younger writers. But the event has been discerningly curated by Aaron Carter and Greta Honold, and the three staged shows offer just under five hours of worthwhile summer sitting. Continue reading >>

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