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James Earl Jones II as Donkey Michael AarLindner as lovable ogre Shrek become newfound friends an adventure rescue Princess FionChicago

James Earl Jones II as Donkey and Michael Aaron Lindner as the lovable ogre Shrek become newfound friends on an adventure to rescue the Princess Fiona in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Shrek The Musical, now playing at CST’s Courtyard Theater through September 1, 2013. | PHOTO BY LIZ LAUREN

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Updated: August 15, 2013 2:48AM

THUMB THROUGH YOUR ROLODEX — It’s back to the 1970s. And while Dolly Parton herself won’t be there, her Broadway score will be, as Marriott Theatre presents “9 to 5, The Musical.” Visit

AN OGRE YOU CAN LOVE — Director-choreographer Rachel Rockwell has devised an irresistible 75-minute version of “Shrek, The Musical” for this summer’s “family entertainment” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Ideal for adults on their own, too. Visit

BEACH BLANKET SHAKESPEARE — Gifted director Lavina Jadhwani has moved “Twelfth Night,” a dark comedy of love and loss, to the world of “Beach Blanket Bingo” for her outdoor Oak Park Festival Theatre production. Visit

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