Pack a Sprite and go: Shakespeare Aug. 3 in Eckhart Park

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings a puckish summer production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to Eckhart Park.

Artistic director Barbara Gaines directs the 75-minute abridged production, in which four young lovers, an amateur theater troupe and the spirits of nature meet in an enchanted forest. Elizabeth Nungaray of Chicago Shakespeare Theater gives East Village Association members a preview at the next membership meeting July 10 in the Happy Village beer garden at 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Chicago Shakes is known to take liberties in its family-friendly performances: "I'm pretty sure the Bard never said 'dude,'" the Tribune noted in reviewing the play's spring Navy Pier performances, which later toured Chicago schools.

Skate to where Puck is going, and stake out a stretch of lawn for the 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 performance at 1330 W. Chicago Ave. The summer revival opens July 25-28 at Navy Pier and tours for the next month. Other stops include Humboldt Park Aug. 9-10 and Dvorak Park Aug. 16.

Faith Servant and Christopher Sheard reprise their roles Aug. 3 as Hermia and Lysander in Chicago Shakespeare’s short version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in Eckhart Park.
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