Book of Days
Lanford Wilson's story of a murder in a small Midwestern town (and its churchgoing residents who look the other way) gets a thorough, thoughtful treatment from Steep.
(Lookingglass Theatre Company)
This cheeky hoedown may be closer to the Coen brothers than to Sophocles, but darn it if composer Rick Sims's bluegrass music isn't the most authentic thing you've heard in forever.
The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet
(Second City Theatricals and Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Chicago Shakespeare)
There's little not to like about this smart/stupid musical send-up of everything the Bard ever wrote. And it's hard to argue with an R&J in which the Friar and the nurse are played by the same actor.
(Lifeline Theatre) Genuine musical romps are few and far between, but this bumptious adaptation of E.F. Benson's stories of provincial English society delivers.
(urbantheater co. at Aguijon Theater)
Chicago's newest Latino-based ensemble gives Miguel Pinero's prison drama a blistering production.