As I lamented to some fellow Chicago theater bloggers at last night's Signal premiere (seriously, it was Blogtown USA in the basement of the Chopin, which Rob and I agreed seemed at times to be the only place we see plays lately), it. Is. JULY. And aside from anticipation of the fall season revving up, there's just not much going on to talk about.
Upon further analysis, of course, that's simply not true. Sure, I pulled next week's theater listings for the magazine on Monday and they're easily the slimmest in my year-long memory, but there seems to be more that's worthy of discussion than there was in last July's Letts-aside ennui. After all, I posted eight new reviews to the TOC Theater page today (plus four I didn't mention last week, further down the page). Assuming you're not glued to Mad Men or standing in line for your sixth viewing of The Dark Knight, there's theater to be seen.
Only one of this week's reviews is mine, and it's Laura Jacqmin's Pluto Was a Planet at the Around the Coyote Gallery, which I quite enjoyed. All the intellectualizing in my review aside, it's well played by four actors I'd never seen before. Last week I liked a lot about WNEP's Metaluna, and I continue to recommend MTP's Queer Tale and the Factory's Ren Faire, both of which close this weekend. Dropping all pretense of critical objectivity, I'd also love for you to see Ruby Wilder and Gutenberg! The Musical!, both of which involve multiple friends of mine but which I swear are worth seeing regardless (and they each have two more weekends left).
What do you recommend as worth seeing right now?