Shakespeare returns to Eckhart Park


Oberon (Nathan M. Hosner) and Titania (Lanise Antoine Shelley) will rule over the mystical woods of Eckhart Park Aug. 16 and 17 in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." (Chuck Osgood photo)

By Nancy A. Cortés

Chicago Shakespeare Theater returns this summer to Eckhart Park for two free performances.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" comes to the park at 1330 W. Chicago Ave. at 6:30pm Aug. 16 and 4pm Aug. 17. Come as you are: Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair .

Shakespeare's popular comedy will be staged in 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. A specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds and a company of professional actors shares the bard of Avon with families and neighbors of all ages.

Director David H. Bell has adapted this Shakespeare favorite into an acrobatic and riotously sprightly staging.

A quartet of mismatched lovers, a gaggle of hapless actors and mischievous sprites cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. Audiences will be transported to a wondrous wood brimming with paramours and possibilities where the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the marvel of waking up from the sweetest of dreams—is discovered.

More information will be available at the East Village Block Party Aug. 3 on the 800 block of Winchester, and EVA's next membership meeting, at 7pm Aug. 4 in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Keeping an eye on burglars

By Molly Murray

Our biggest issue on this end of the 12th police district are burglaries, simply because of the concentration of homes and condos.

Please call 911 without hesitation when you see (or hear) someone or thing suspicious, and provide as much detail as possible (clothing from head to toe, direction headed, color of car, carrying anything, etc).

Make sure you look around when you leave your house, and say hi to your neighbors. If you have your head buried in your phone or have those "Just gotta get somewhere" blinders on, you won't see something right in front of you. Saying hi to others will let someone "laying in wait" that you're connected and looking out for each other.

Most importantly, be that nosy neighbor. If you see someone that looks out of place, ask if you can help them or where they're working. Simple eye contact or verbal engagement is enough to scare a burglar away.

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