This is it, people. The stretch between New Year?s and--let?s face it--Memorial Day when you really need to brighten up your calendar.
Enter Chicago Theatre Week (February 12 to 22). Right now, you can buy tickets to hit shows around town for between $10 and $30 (you can hardly see a movie for less).
Close to 100 shows--from big-budget Shakespeare to tiny storefront comedy--are on the lineup. And since nothing gets us out of a funk like a feel-good musical, here?s what we?re seeing.
Sondheim on Sondheim Did Into the Woods leave you craving more from the genius composer? This retrospective of Sondheim?s career is packed with hummable tunes like ?Send in the Clowns? and ?Losing My Mind.? Tickets $30; Porchlight Music Theatre, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
First Date If you?ve ever been a player in the fraught drama that is the classic blind date, make tracks to this musical comedy complete with supportive besties, shady exes and conversation killers. Tickets $30; Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St.
First Wives Club Remember Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler in a window-washer?s lift? Hilarious. Now the stage version of the sweet revenge tale is doing its pre-Broadway run in the Loop. Tickets $30; Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.