Hot weather, hot shows – Chicago Reader

Summer is officially here, in case the sweat and lightning bugs weren’t enough of a clue. In addition to the shows and artists we have profiled in our summer arts preview issue this week, we’ve got just a few suggestions for other offerings in theater, dance, and opera that look promising — whether you’re looking for a nice air- conditioned theater or a bucolic outdoor setting.

THEATER PICKS (Kerry Reid)

It Came From Outer Space

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than you dreamt of your philosophy.” So Hamlet knew about aliens, is what we take away from that. And therefore, it makes perfect sense that Chicago Shakespeare is premiering this musical by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, based on the 1953 sci-fi movie. The company offered a digital sneak peek, entitled We Are Out There, last year; now you can see it live at Navy Pier (where, let’s face it, aliens would blend perfectly most days). Laura Braza directs a cast that includes Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Ann Delaney, and Alex Goodrich. Through 6/24, Chicago Shakespeare, 800 E. Grand, chicagoshakes.com$ 50- $ 60.

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