Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" performed in the park to kids recreational fun, plus a star turn by a "Saturday Night Live" veteran at Drury Lane, the Taste of Lombard festival, and the provocative musical "Nine."
WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook
WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from now to July 21
COST & INFO: $30 to $37; 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org
Shakespeare's story of love, romance and adventure, "Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music," is this summer's outdoor production by First Folio Theatre. The folk tale's setting has been moved to Civil War Appalachia, and includes 10 original songs featuring bluegrass melodies. It's adapted by First Folio’s Executive Director David Rice, with music and lyrics by Rice and Michael Keefe. Michael Goldberg directs.
TASTE OF LOMBARD
WHERE: Madison Meadow Park, East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue, Lombard
WHEN: 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, July 2, 3 and 5; noon. to 11 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, July 4 and 6
COST & INFO: $3 for age 10 and older; schedule at www.tasteoflombard.com; 630-375-7474
Grammy-nominated country music songwriter Keith Anderson is a featured headliner in The Lombard Jaycees' Taste of Lombard, serving up plenty of family fun, including the "Just Sing" contest, carnival rides and a fireworks concert on the Fourth of July. Visitors can sample local food specialties for $2, and beginning Tuesday, hear the musical headliners: Lounge Puppets, 7th Heaven, Send In The Clones, Anderson and Local H the final night. The village provides free shuttle bus service.
NORA DUNN AT DRURY LANE
WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday from now to Aug. 4
COST & INFO: $35 to $49, with lunch and dinner available; 630-530-0111, www.drurylane.com
"Saturday Night Live" veteran Nora Dunn is part of the cast of the Tony Award-winning 2008 Broadway revival version of the giddy comedy "Boeing-Boeing" at Drury Lane. Jeff Award winner Stef Tovar plays Bernard, a jet-setting architect juggling three flight attendant fiancées with the help of his reluctant housekeeper (Dunn). The action is set in Paris in the 1960s. Bernard’s life starts to unravel when a turbo-charged Boeing is introduced. Dunn was Meryl Streep’s co-star in "It’s Complicated."
WHERE: Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 30, with two casts
COST & INFO: $20, $18 for seniors; www.bamtheatre.com; show has adult content
"Nine," the Tony winner inspired by the life of Fellini, is presented by BAMtheatre, co-founded in Hinsdale by Director Melanie Lamoureux. Choreography is by Christopher Pazdernik, an Elmhurst College graduate. The troupe's college intensive production is the story of a film director's attempts to come up with a plot for his next movie, while pursued by hordes of beautiful women. “Its sheer appraisal of the life of an artist is truly magnificent," Lamoureux said.
THE HUB AFTER HOURS
WHERE: Berens Park, 493 Oak Lawn Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29
COST & INFO: $10 resident, $12 nonresident; 630-782-4955, www.epd.org
The fun doesn’t stop at regular closing time at The Hub on Saturday, staying open for a special after-hours event. Batting cages, miniature golf and the spray ground will be ready for action until 11 p.m., with food and drink available for purchase. The event is open to all ages.