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THREE TO SEE: This Week's Theater Recommendations

By Melody Udell in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 21, 2013 4:00PM

Travel through time during The Strange Tree Group's production of The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn. Photo by Emily Schwartz.

The stage adaptation of a Disney classic, a zany comedy and an updated take on a 17th-century French classic grace the Chicago stage this week.

The Jungle Book

Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman is bringing the world-premiere of The Jungle Book to the Goodman stage. Based on what she did with 2010’s reimagining of Candide, we’re looking forward to this highly anticipated new musical. The show runs through Sunday, August 11. UPDATE: The show has been extended through Sunday, August 18.

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800 or online.

The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn

We’ll see almost anything put on by the playful, skilled folks who make up The Strange Tree. The group’s newest show is a zany, fast-paced comedy that follows a guy who attempts time travel — despite the chaos that ensues in the present. The show runs through Saturday, July 20.

Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 Berenice Ave. Tickets are available online.


Director Charles Newell is using mostly the same, non traditional cast from his May production of The Misanthrope. This more contemporary production of Moliere’s dark comedy takes a sharp jab at piety, misplaced faith and deception. The show runs through Sunday, July 14.

Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., 773-753-4472 or online.