The month is bracketed by the works of Bertolt Brecht. The highly-regarded Steep Theatre Company presents The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at its little Mid-North Side storefront playhouse (through July 7), while at month's end, Big Picture Group offers The Good Person of Setzuan at the Athenaeum (June 30-July 29).
Elsewhere around town, there's a radical modern take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, presented in public parks by GroundUp Theatre Company (June 23-August 5); Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, presented in air conditioned bliss by Circle Theatre Company (June 27-August 5); Bohemian Theatre Ensemble's production of the jazzy, tough-edged musical The Life, about Times Square hookers and hustlers, at Theatre Building Chicago (June 2-July 15), and Light Opera Works' take on Cole Porter's classic tuner, Kiss Me, Kate, with a 26-piece orchestra, presented in the Cahn Auditorium on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University (June 2-10).
Also on the musical front, Black Ensemble Theater opens Those Sensuous Seductive '70's (beginning June 3), another in its patented line of musical revues drawing on African-American rock, R&B and soul music, while the Drury Lane Theatre in West Suburban Oakbrook Terrace offers the rarely-seen 1960's Charles Strouse-Lee Adams tuner, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! (June 7-July 29).
Among notable new work this month is Lunatic(a)s, a compilation of monologues by the always-clever writers/performers of Teatro Luna, a collective of Latin women, at Chicago Dramatists (June 7-July 15), and Claudia Allen's I Sailed with Magellan, based on the novel by Chicago writer Stuart Dybek, at Victory Gardens Theater (June 18-July 15).
Meanwhile, the tiny but potent Gift Theatre offers the dark Irish comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane at its storefront theater in the Jefferson Park neighborhood (June 18-July 29), and Bailiwick Repertory launches its annual summertime Pride Series with the British troupe Shamelessboyz in Dangerous, a gay version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (June 19-July 1).
Finally -- and suitable for audiences of all ages -- the Chinese acrobats and aerialists of Cirque Shanghai return for the season to the Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier in a new, family-friendly show, Bai Xi (June 6-September 3).
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