One of the most visually oriented companies in town, Lookingglass produces original shows and unusual literary adaptations in a highly physical, imaginative style. These shows emphasize the look of a show as much as the acting, whether it's having performers wade through a giant shallow pool or take to the air on trapeze. The company, founded more than a decade ago by graduates of Northwestern University (including Friend David Schwimmer), stages several shows each year. Recent offerings included Metamorphoses, a sublime and humorous modern recasting of Ovid's myths that became a hit in New York, and Lookingglass Alice, an acrobatic retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Ensemble member Mary Zimmerman -- who directed Metamorphoses -- has built a national reputation for her creative interpretations of literature, so if she's directing a show while you're in town, don't miss it. Schwimmer also appears here occasionally, as either an actor or a director. Another plus for visitors is the theater's North Michigan Avenue location, which is a walk from many downtown hotels.