5 things to do today: Wednesday, June 26

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The Hypocrites' Romeo Juliet

The Hypocrites' Romeo Juliet Photograph: Ryan Bourque


AROUND TOWN
Navy Pier Fireworks Don't waste gas treking to Indiana or Wisconsin to buy your own (illegal in Illinois) fireworks. Each Wednesday and Saturday, from Memorial Day to Labor Day (and a special show on July 4), Navy Pier makes the rockets red glare and bombs burst in air. They blowed up real good! Navy Pier. 9:30pm.

COMEDY
Felt Improvisers strap puppets on their arms, and what a difference this transformation makes. This is funny and inspiring scenework. iO Del Close Theater. 8pm. $5.

OPERA & CLASSICAL
Grant Park Music Festival 2013: Nielsen Clarinet Concerto Licorice stick man Martin Fröst wets his reed for Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto. Carlos Kalmar and the GPO also tackle Martinu's fighter-plane inspired Thunderbolt P47 and Vaughan-Williams's Fifth symphony. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion. 6:30pm.

SHOPPING
Logan Square Night Market New for 2013, the Logan Square Night Market features produce, arts and crafts, food from area restaurants and live performances. Palmer Square Park. 5pm–9pm. Free.

THEATER
Romeo Juliet The Hypocrites' 2012 adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet story, revived for a summer parks tour, follows some patterns that could seem familiar to viewers of the director’s work with the Hypocrites. Adapter-director Sean Graney’s use of multiple texts (Shakespeare’s, Felice Romani’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi libretto and his own) provides increasingly surprising resonances, particularly in a gut-wrenching repurposing of Shakespeare’s morning-after scene. At this tragedy’s climax, the pitiful sight I thought I knew well brought new tears to my eyes. Palmer Square Park. 7pm. $36.—Kris Vire


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