8 Chicago theater shows to see in August

A Broadway-aimed new musical, a hippie lovefest revival and a professional wrestling comedy are all reasons to get out of the sun and into a theater this month

Photograph: Joe Mazza

With so much going on outside—Lollapalooza, Market Days, the Air and Water Show—August tends to be the slowest month of the year for theater in Chicago. But it’s no longer the actors’ holiday it once was; more and more productions in recent years have avoided the crush of September openings by scooting up a few weeks. This August brings with it a high-profile musical tryout with eyes on Broadway, notable Chicago premieres and more for when you’re ready to escape into the A/C.