Chicago theater shows to see this summer

Mark your calendar for these summer highlights on Chicago theaters' stages

Sandra Oh in a promotional shot for Victory Gardens Theater's Death and the Maiden
Theater in Chicago can slow down a bit in the summer, amid all the music fests, street fairs, ballgames and beach time—and after this brutal, neverending winter, outdoor time—and outdoor drinking—are very necessary. But with more than 200 producing companies in and around the city, there are still plenty of good reasons to spend a few hours in a dark theater. This year they include an interesting mix of big-name visitors—Sting, Michael Cera, Sandra Oh—and promising pieces from established Chicago troupes. Here you'll find our guide to the plays, musicals and theater festivals to keep your eye on this summer.