The new year starts with "Love, Loss and What I Wore" by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, directed by Doug Orlyk and running Jan. 10 to Feb. 2. The series of monologues, tracing women’s relationships and wardrobes and the times they intersect, was written by the author of "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle."
The show "20th Century Blues" by Susan Miller is directed by Larry Boller and runs Feb. 21 to March 15. Four women meet once a year for a ritual photo shoot, chronicling their changing – and aging – selves as they navigate love, career, children and the complications of history.
"Quilters, A Musical Play" by Molly Newman and Barbara Damshek, with music and lyrics by Barbara Damshek, is directed by Bernie Weiler, with musical direction by Bob Krez. A musical story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters deals with the struggles and rewards of frontier life. It plays April 3 to 26.
"And a Nightingale Sang" by C.P. Taylor is directed by Annie Slivinski. It is the story of a World War II lower-class British family seen through the heartwarming and hilarious memories of a young woman. It runs May 22 to June 14.
If you go
WHAT: Steel Beam Theatre presents "Broadway Gender Benders"
WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 22
WHERE: Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles
COST: $28 for adults younger than 60, $25 for seniors and $23 for students
INFO: Tickets and subscriptions for new season of shows at steelbeamtheatre.com, 630-587-8521