“I’m thrilled to join the theater scene again under the direction of my long-time friend Chay Yew,” says Sandra Oh, star of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden which will be performed at Victory Gardens Theater from June 13 to July 13 on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. “Victory Gardens Theater is doing some amazing work and it’s very exciting to be a part of it. I have always been an advocate for local theaters and it’s wonderful to be able to support one with such an important mission of new work.” For tickets to the play directed by the company’s artistic director Yew, call 773-871-3000 or visit www.victorygardens.org.
Two-time Non-Equity Jeff Award nominee Kevin Theis directs Monstrous Regiment at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre on 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue through July 20. Robert Kauzlaric, Katie McLean Hainsworth, and Christopher M. Walsh star in the play that comically examines the absurdities of war. Tickets ($20- $40) can be ordered by calling 773-761-4477 or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.
The humorous side of modern relationships is addressed in LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s city premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry’s Partners directed by Kendra Miller from June 21 to July 20 at The Den Theatre on 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Tickets are available at www.livewirechicago.com or by calling 312-533-4666.
In Evanston, tickets are available for Thou Proud Dream based on Shakespeare’s Henry V. As part of S.I.T.E. (Surprising Intersections of Theatre in Evanston), the play is staged at the Canal Shores Community Golf Course on1030 Central Street through June 7. For more information, visit http://sitefestival.northwestern.edu/thou-proud-dream/.
On June 17, Northwestern University and National Theatre Live presents a broadcast of Shakespeare’s King Lear at 7 p.m. at the Josephine Louis Theater on 20 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale in the title role. For tickets, call 847-491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.
Writers Theatre’s is extending August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death by Conor McPherson. The production featuring Shannon Cochran, Philip Earl Johnson, and Larry Yando now runs through August 3 on 664 Vernon Avenue in Glencoe. The company’s world premiere musical Days Like Today runs through July 13 at 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe. For more information, visit www.writerstheatre.org.