Weekend Theater Picks: Eight Plays You Might Want to See

Rea and Monaghan as Didi and Gogo in Waiting for Godot. Photo by Matthew Thompson. Thinking about going to the theater this weekend? The world on stage never really slows down in Chicago. Here are eight plays we've reviewed recently. Take a look at our reviews; then see if you can buy a ticket at HotTix, or pick up the phone or just go to the box office. The Doppelgänger (an international farce) at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. It is a farce; you can tell by all the doors on stage. And even if celebrity star Rainn Wilson isn't performing when you go, the understudy is terrific. Closes June 2. Waiting for Godot by Druid Theatre from Galway, at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. A peerless, classic staging of Beckett's tragicomedy, starring four famous Irish actors. Closes June 3. Refrigerator by First Floor Theater at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Where does your consciousness go when your body quits? Sort of sci-fi, sort of dystopian but humorous and provocative. Closes June 9. The Originalist at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his law clerk, Cat, a Harvard Law grad, have some smart debates on civil liberties issues, shoot guns and play cards. Closes June 10. Mary K. Nigohosian as Mrs. Venable and Grayson Heyl as Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer. Photo by Michael Brosilow. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years at Goodman Theatre, 164 N. Dearborn St. Two stellar actors portray the real-life Delany sisters, who set marks for black women and activists throughout their long lives. Closes June 10. Prometheus Bound at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. A new translation of the Greek classic, with puppets as well as humans. Closes June 10. Suddenly Last Summer at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Artistic director Cody Estle continues Raven's attention to the work of Tennessee Williams. This beautifully staged production, set in New Orleans' Garden District, has a startling ending. Closes June 17. Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. This stunning, magical production created by Teller and Aaron Posner is staged in The Yard, Chicago Shakes' new venue, right across from their main theater venues. Closes June 24.
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Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at nancybishopsjournal.com, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.