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Melissa Carlson of Evanston will play Hermione in First Folio Theatre’s production of “The Winter’s Tale.” A royal family is ripped apart when King Leontes’ envy brings about the death of his wife, the rejection of his best friend, and the estrangement of his newborn daughter. Broken hearts are mended when the king’s abandoned child falls in love with a Bohemian prince. “The Winter’s Tale” is a celebration of faith and redemption, of holding on and letting go, and the transcendent power of love.

The play runs July 11 through Aug. 9 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, as part of its annual outdoor Shakespeare Under the Stars series. Tickets are available by calling 630-986-8067 or at www.firstfolio.org.

Kyle Sherman and Zoe Nadal, both of Evanston, are part of the cast of “City of Angels.” Two plots are woven together: a writer trying to turn his mystery book into a screen play and storyline of that play . The musical comedy has been described as “hilarious and ingenious” and “ an homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s.”

The musical runs through Aug. 2 at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Tickets are available by calling 847-634-0200.