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8 Chicago theater shows to see in July

Check out this month's slate of show-stopping new theater productions in Chicago

Photograph: Alan Alabastro
By Alex Huntsberger |

If you’re in the mood for something a little esoteric, July is a great month to revisit your favorite Chicago theater. Kokandy Productions remixes a renaissance romance with tunes from The Go-Go’s in Head Over Heels, while Black Button Eyes Productions stages composer Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, mashing up half of the Western canon. Steep Theatre’s Pomona and Haven Theatre’s Kiss are a pair of wildly entertaining mindbenders: One’s a dark, fantasy-tinged thriller, the other a darkly meta soap opera. Weirdest of all might be Love, Chaos & Dinner, a funky cabaret inside a mirror tent inside a theater that, until two years ago, was hidden inside the Cambria Hotel. Meanwhile, Mary Zimmerman’s take on The Music Man and a revival of Steppenwolf’s True West should both be pretty normal—and stupendous. Take a closer look at the eight Chicago theater shows to see in July.

July theater picks

Photograph: Alan Alabastro

Love, Chaos & Dinner

icon-location-pin Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop/Theatre District, Loop

In 2017, the staff at the Cambria Hotel were shocked to discover a long forgotten theater hidden behind their walls. Two years later, the newly renovated space is being christened by Love, Chaos & Dinner, a circus/comedy/cabaret confection from Seattle-based troupe Teatro ZinZanni. The show is performed inside a Belgian mirror tent and features a menu from Debbie Sharpe of The Goddess and Grocer.