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Miss Saigon Jul 31 - Aug 15, 2015  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Miss Saigon
 
This epic, award-winning musical from the creators of Les Miserables tells the tale of the tragic romance between a strong-willed Vietnamese girl and an American G.I. during the last days of the Vietnam War. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. The powerful love story is a modern retelling of Puccini's Madame Butterfly and boasts such songs as "I Still Believe," "Sun and Moon," "The American Dream," "Why, God, Why?" and "I'd Give My Life for You." Now you can see the classic show in person at this Jedlicka Performing Arts Center production of Miss Saigon.
 
   
The Boy From Oz Aug 5 - Aug 30, 2015  
Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773 The Boy From Oz
 
The Broadway musical tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter and performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, Direction by David Zak, and Musical Direction by Robert Ollis, The Boy From Oz tells the exuberant yet heart-warming true story of a young Australian boy who loved to perform and ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.
 
   
Cirque du Soleil - Kurios Aug 6 - Aug 30, 2015  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
 
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This pre-sale offer for Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities in the Grand Chapiteau at Chicago's United Center gets you great tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
 
   
Zelda at the Oasis Aug 6 - Aug 23, 2015  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Raven Theatre Zelda at the Oasis
 
Behind every great man is a great woman -- the saying holds true for Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. However, Zelda at the Oasis paints a dark portrait behind the famous literary couple. While living under the shadow of her husband's success, the play reveals the struggles of an emotionally and mentally unstable woman trying to reclaim herself as an artist. Chicago's Genesis Theatrical Productions transports you back into the dark corners of the Oasis -- the New York City bar which Fitzgerald adopts as her solitary abode -- to explore the equally dark corners of a damaged woman who desperately seeks to find some light through the cracks of her life.
 
   
Carrie the Musical Aug 6 - Aug 9, 2015  
Stage Door Fine Arts at Stage 773 Carrie the Musical
 
Blood will flow once again during Carrie the Musical, a staged retelling of Stephen King's best-selling novel. A legendary Broadway flop when first produced in 1988, the show was rebuilt from the ground up for a hit off-Broadway production, and now comes to Chicago's Stage 773. You know the story: Outcast Carrie White is bullied by the popular kids and tormented by her overprotective mother, only to discover she has a special power and she's not afraid to use it. Experience this powerful work in a brand-new way with this evocative musical production.
 
   
The Judas Kiss Aug 6 - Aug 8, 2015  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 The Judas Kiss
 
With Oscar Wilde facing trial on indecency charges in 1895, all of London has the salacious taste of scandal on its lips. Though he could have fled, Wilde's equally scandalous lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, persuades him to stay. After two years in prison, Wilde emerges, broken but determined to reunite with his libertine lover. The Judas Kiss is an exploration of betrayal at the hands of those we trust with our hearts and secrets. It asks whether new beginnings are possible -- even at the end. See this fully staged and costumed Dead Writers Theatre Collective production at Stage 773 in Chicago.
 
   
Bleacher Bums Aug 6 - Sep 13, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater Bleacher Bums
 
In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, a mixed bag of die-hard Cubs fans are watching the game. While they're rooting for their team, you'll be watching them, because the action in the stands is more interesting than the action on the field in Bleacher Bums. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they place bets on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and -- occasionally -- watch the game. The villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs, waits for the inevitable ninth-inning flop. Will he clean up again, or will the Cubs triumph this time? Win or lose, the bleacher bums remain undaunted in this Oil Lamp Theater production.
 
   
It Came from Kentucky Aug 7 - Oct 10, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre It Came from Kentucky
 
"It Came from Kentucky" is an original musical inspired by actual events set in 1955 Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Billie Ray Taylor is visiting her Aunt and Uncle Sutton on break from college. But she's not the only visitor. When Billie Ray and her cousin, Kaci Lynn, spot a UFO the question becomes, "Where did these strange visitors come from, and what do they want?"
 
   
The Anton Chekhov Book Club Aug 7 - Sep 25, 2015  
Moving Dock Theatre at Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Enter the world of this unusual book club where the members, brought together by their love for the literary giant, Anton Chekhov, lose themselves - and find themselves - in the pages of his timeless short stories.
 
   
Mansical Aug 7 - Aug 28, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Mansical
 
MANSICAL is long form music improv comedy. Based on a single audience suggestion, seven veteran music improvisers weave together a tapestry of scenes and songs utilizing hyper-­agreement, free play, outstanding musicality and wigs as its only constructs. This improvised form is not a beginning-­middle-­end musical but a free form MAN tage based on the audience suggestion.
 
   
Ready for Hillary: The Musical Aug 7 - Aug 29, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Ready for Hillary: The Musical
 
It's the night before the 2016 Presidential Election, and all through the House, candidates are stirring. To put off the anxiety, Ted Cruz is hosting a friendly, bipartisan barbecue, with Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren around the grill. As the votes are tallied, each candidate reveals a new side, from Christie's unorthodox love interest to Cruz's own plan to get himself into the White House.
 
   
Stolen House Aug 7 - Aug 10, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stolen House
 
Stolen House is possibly the greatest play that has yet to be written. It's a comedy (except when it's a drama) and it's thrilling (except when it's farcical). For Stolen House is the name of the fully realized, improvised play that six legendary improv comedians create every time they take the stage at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater. Identical to a traditional play in appearance and ambition, the performers of Stolen House create a dynamic, powerful, grounded, funny, and wholly improvised piece, using only the theater's existing stage, set and lighting. Be there when David Pasquesi (TJ & Dave), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Stephnie Weir (MADtv), TJ Jagodowski (TJ & Dave), John Lutz (30 Rock) and Bob Dassie (Dasariski) commit themselves to this high-wire act that will enthrall lovers of theater and comedy alike.
 
   
Patchwork Drifter Aug 8 - Sep 19, 2015  
Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater Patchwork Drifter
 
California-bound and down on her luck, Emmy Fox finds refuge working for shopkeeper Harriet Cooper and her two daughters. But they soon discover that the past can follow you over miles and years, and secrets can be as dangerous as any hazard of the Wyoming frontier.
 
   
Art Aug 8 - Aug 29, 2015  
Amazing Sammo Productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre Art
 
The story of three friends, one of whom purchases a very expensive painting of an all-white canvas with three white diagonal lines. Theory and personal feelings are brought into question as their friendships are pushed to the breaking point. But is it art?
 
   
Bunker Buddies Aug 8 - Aug 29, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Bunker Buddies
 
In the not-too-distant future, the Arion Virus has destroyed civilization as we know it. Two men are left behind, and seal themselves together in a bunker, depending on each other's company to maintain their sanity. Their days consist of learning every Billy Joel lyric ever and mindless games to fill the time as they edge towards the brink of non-existence. They are alone together- alone, that is, until Samantha arrives.
 
   
The Dueling Gentlemen Aug 9 - Sep 20, 2015  
Silent Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Dueling Gentlemen
 
The Dueling Gentlemen is a love letter to old vaudeville. Performed entirely in silence a la pre-talkie era and accompanied by live original piano composition, the story follows two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to deconstruct during their long time running successful act. Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and sinister plots all play factors on and off stage as their act "The Ugly Blonde" takes an even uglier turn.
 
   
The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide Aug 9 - Sep 27, 2015  
The Public House Theatre The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide
 
Chicago's eventful history and cast of famous citizens come alive in this comedic sketch revue that combines historically-motivated scenes with interactive games, trivia and classic cocktails. Audiences will be entertained and educated by the likes of Al Capone, Moonshine Mary Wazeniak, John Siebel, Johnny Torrio and others while enjoying period-appropriate cocktails and music in The History of Alcohol in Chicago: A Drinker's Guide.
 
   
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds Aug 12 - Oct 4, 2015  
Windy City Playhouse Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds
 
It's three a.m. in New York City. Grad student Ben (Peter Meadows) and girlfriend Nancy (Emily Tate) are having passionate, unbridled sofabed sex until Nancy's bizarre dirty talk leads to a mood-killing argument. Nancy leaves the apartment to seek council from her best friend Grace (Patrese McClain) who's having a hard time seducing her rough-hewn new boyfriend Gene (Shane Kenyon). They call Grace's therapist Mark (Chris Sheard) - who has company of his own (Robert Spencer) - in order to get his perspective. In a Love Actually meets La Ronde series of revelations and connections - romantic and otherwise - Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight delves into the truths that sex really exposes.
 
   
bare: a pop opera Aug 13 - Aug 30, 2015  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Chicago Dramatists bare: a pop opera
 
In bare: a pop opera, a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school deal with questions of sexuality and personal identity. Most teens struggle with issues about sex, love, religion, and drugs, and these guys and girls are no different -- except in addition to each other, they can seek answers from the church. Ultimately though, they come to realize that many of the answers exist within themselves. Experience the highly charged story and rich, vibrant contemporary score of bare: a pop opera at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
 
   
Fly Honey Show Aug 13 - Aug 29, 2015  
The Inconvenience at Chopin Theatre Fly Honey Show
 
Part dance show, part concert, part variety event; The Fly Honey Show is a cabaret firmly rooted in female-empowerment and celebrating the skin you're in. This year The Inconvenience extends the sex and body positive event to three weekends of programming that is sure to promote your sense of self and provoke your desire.
 
   
Kafkapalooza Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2015  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Kafkapalooza
 
First Floor Theater (FFT) is thrilled to announce its third annual literary festival, KAFKAPALOOZA, a festival of nine world premiere plays, by some of Chicago’s most exciting playwrights, inspired by the life and work of Franz Kafka. Over the past two years, the FFT LitFest has brought together some of Chicago's greatest writers, including Seth Bockley, Philip Dawkins, Bonnie Metzgar, Ike Holter, Morgan McNaught, and Paul Oakley Stovall , to respond to literary greats The Brothers Grimm and Mark Twain.
 
   
After Miss Julie Aug 14 - Sep 28, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre After Miss Julie
 
After Miss Julie is Marber's modern reimaging of August Strindberg's classic play now set in 1945 the night of England's Labour Party's landslide election victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party. The wealthy Julie (Maggie Scranton) and the servant John (John Henry Roberts) navigate the complexity and sexual politics of master and servant relations, all while under the watchful eye of John's former fiancee and fellow servant Christine (Anita Deely).
 
   
The Rise And Fall of Little Voice Aug 14 - Sep 5, 2015  
No Stakes Theater Project, at Theater Wit The Rise And Fall of Little Voice
 
The play (also a 1998 film starring Michael Caine) takes place in a small factory town in Northern England, circa 1989. "Little Voice", or LV, is cripplingly shy. She spends her time in her bedroom, listening to her late father's records - Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe, et al. When LV's mother, Mari, starts dating a talent scout, he discovers that LV can impersonate the singers she loves. When he puts LV up on stage at a local cabaret club, the two women are forced to compromise what sustains them. Cartwright's play is wildly funny, dark and biting.
 
   
South Pacific Aug 15 - Aug 30, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium South Pacific
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about two couples from different worlds on a Pacific Island during World War II. The score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," There is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Younger Than Springtime," with the full original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations.
 
   
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage Aug 18 - Aug 30, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
 
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman. During her family’s summer vacation at the popular Kellerman’s resort, Baby, a doctor’s daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Against all odds, they fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, follows the highs and lows of their summer romance.
 
   
The Price Aug 18 - Nov 22, 2015  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Price
 
In a New York brownstone marked for demolition, two estranged brothers meet to sort through and sell their late father's belongings-a pile of relics and old furniture buried by a lifetime's worth of family baggage. Acclaimed as "one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written" (The New York Times), THE PRICE is a poignant, intimate, and often heart-wrenching look at the ways we are liberated or trapped by those we love.
 
   
October Sky Aug 19 - Oct 11, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire October Sky
 
It was 1957, and Sputnik lit up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world's race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
 
   
The Universal Wolf Aug 20 - Sep 26, 2015  
Trap Door Theatre The Universal Wolf
 
From the very beginning, with Little Red wringing the birdie’s neck so she can put it in the little gift basket for her grandmother, Joan Schenkar’s The Universal Wolf strikes a different cord in this highly theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. As the play progresses, the things are getting only weirder since one inversion of the original follows the other—the innocents are not so innocent after all, the aggressors turn into victims themselves, the horror becomes funny, the fun becomes scary. In The Universal Wolf, Schenkar has created a truly menacing, unpredictable and unstable world where all our expectations are turned topsy-turvy; the play is a provocation and an invitation for a revisionist reading of the famous fairy tale.
 
   
The Jacksonian Aug 21 - Oct 11, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Jacksonian
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's eerie new play The Jacksonian transports audiences to Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the unsettling world of the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender and Perch's now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as the subversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable. In The Jacksonian, Beth Henley returns to the Southern Gothic storytelling that made her reputation with both critics and audiences. The darkly humorous play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2012 in a production directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls with a cast featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. It later played in New York with the New Group in November 2013 with the same creative team. Beth Henley's best- known plays include Crimes of the Heart, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Miss Firecracker Contest. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay.
 
   
This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negor Aug 21 - Sep 19, 2015  
Oracle Theatre This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negor
 
This 70 minute play is important for all audiences. As this nation's battle with racism and inequality deepens, this prescient show demonstrates how our past is still relevant to our present.
 
   
The Outfit Aug 21 - Oct 10, 2015  
Piccolo Theatre The Outfit
 
In this modern fairy tale noir, comically tragic Nora lives in a world of shadows, with a lecherous landlord, the world's worst boss, and a pack of co-workers straight out of Mean Girls. She meets Marco, the son of a butcher and a budding clothing designer who changes her life with a remarkable outfit. Her newfound confidence leads to new conflict as Nora learns about fame, love, and what it means to be true to herself when power dressing is taken too far. Narrated by Marco's three crazy Italian aunts, The Outfit will touch your heart and make you smile.
 
   
Twisted Melodies Aug 27 - Sep 12, 2015  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
 
   
The Lyons Aug 27 - Sep 27, 2015  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lyons
 
Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can't figure out how to redesign her living room.
 
   
Glory Days Aug 27 - Sep 20, 2015  
Refuge Theatre Project at Flat Iron Arts Building Glory Days
 
A year after graduating high school, four best friends reconnect on their old school's football field. Will has called the boys together with a mission: to hack into the sprinkler system so that it goes off when the jocks who bullied them in high school take the field for a charity game. But as the guys wait for instructions on how to break into the system, they quickly realize how dramatically their lives have grown apart. With a soaring pop-rock score, Glory Days is a poignant and witty coming-of-age story about friends searching for understanding and validation as they face the consequences of growing up.
 
   
American Idiot Aug 28 - Oct 25, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre American Idiot
 
Based on punk rock band Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, AMERICAN IDIOT follows three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in a post 9/11 world. The musical features hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, "American Idiot." A critical smash on Broadway and in London, AMERICAN IDIOT received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
 
   
The Rainmaker Aug 28 - Sep 27, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Rainmaker
 
N. Richard Nash's unabashedly optimistic play became a Broadway hit telling the story of plain and hardworking Lizzie Curry as she finds herself falling in love, against her better judgment, with a traveler who promises to bring rain to her family's ever-­‐dry Texas town. "After nearly half a century, The Rainmaker still makes a handsome case for miracles," said the Los Angeles Times.
 
   
The Bacchae Sep 3 - Sep 26, 2015  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at Madison Street Theatre The Bacchae
 
Staged with a large Greek chorus and half masks, Euripides' most poetically beautiful, as well as thematically difficult, plays is given a fresh translation that retains the lyrical grace of the work while making its classic argument for moderation over pure reason or pure sensuality accessible to modern audiences. The Bacchae is a religious ecstasy full of sensuality, faith and argument that comes to life in Saltbox Theatre Collective's first production. Translated by Chicago's Dr. Nicholas Rudall (Court Theatre, University of Chicago), The Bacchae centers around the conflict between God Dionysis and King Pentheus of Thebes.
 
   
Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All Sep 4 - Oct 4, 2015  
Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All
 
Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All is set in the famous Mother-in-Law Lounge, located in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood. It follows six individuals as they recount their true, harrowing and yet somehow hopeful stories about surviving one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. Both humorous and poignant - this piece reaches beyond New Orleans, beyond Hurricane Katrina, and taps into our primordial need as humans to survive even under the worst of conditions.
 
   
The Revel Sep 4 - Oct 25, 2015  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Revel
 
Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son's new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone?
 
   
Dogfight Sep 5 - Oct 18, 2015  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Dogfight
 
November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines take part in a "dogfight"- a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls accompanying them. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unexpected places.
 
   
The Tempest Sep 8 - Nov 8, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Tempest
 
Shakespeare's enchanted island is transformed in this inventive production from Aaron Posner and Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). Larry Yando returns to Chicago Shakespeare to take on the role of the mysterious sorcerer Prospero, who conjures a storm shipwrecking his old enemies. This classic tale of revenge is reimagined as a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement, underscored by the haunting ballads of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and the pioneering choreography of Pilobolus. In a production full of "such stuff as dreams are made on," sorcery gives way to inclinations of the heart.
 
   
Jamaica Farewell Sep 8 - Oct 11, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Jamaica Farewell
 
When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness blurred as she became more desperate. When she agreed to smuggle a million US dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent became her accomplice. Only he had no idea.
 
   
Gem of the Ocean Sep 10 - Oct 11, 2015  
Court Theatre Gem of the Ocean
 
Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson continues his triumphant tour through August Wilson's iconic century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, his seventh Wilson production at Court Theatre. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, Gem of the Ocean is a fantastical story of freedom, justice, and redemption. A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery's legacy lingers. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of Ester Tyler's Pittsburgh home. Known as a cleanser of souls, Ester must take this stranger on a spiritual journey of healing and renewal to the mythical City of Bones. Actress Greta Oglesby (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) returns to play Ester, a role she originated in 2003, and will be joined by Court favorites A.C. Smith (Fences, Jitney), Alfred Wilson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Jitney), David Alan Anderson (The Mountaintop), and Tyla Abercrumbie (The Piano Lesson).
 
   
Marvel Universe Live! Sep 10 - Sep 20, 2015  
United Center and Allstate Arena Marvel Universe Live!
 
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor's villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe. Fans will definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It's being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever; a once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance.
At United Center from Sep 10 - Sep 13
At Allstate Arena from Sep 18 - Sep 20
 
   
Merchild Sep 10 - Oct 17, 2015  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Merchild
 
Like many little girls, 8-year-old Adam dreams of being a mermaid and marrying a prince. But Adam was born a boy. Or so everyone else seems to think. When reality is not to Adam's liking, he retreats into a fairytale winning Prince Eric's love despite a mermaid tail. Meanwhile Adam's parents are pulled apart, as they grapple with keeping their son safe or giving Adam the freedom to be who she is.
 
   
Funnyman Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Funnyman
 
New York City, 1959. Fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman, along with his long-suffering agent, tries to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. While his grown daughter searches for answers from her absentee showbiz father, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man."
 
   
Miss Buncle's Book Sep 11 - Nov 1, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Buncle's Book
 
Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel - under an assumed name - about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors' foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson.
 
   
Next To Normal Sep 11 - Sep 27, 2015  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Next To Normal
 
NEXT TO NORMAL is the winner of three Tony awards in 2009, including best musical score, plus the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. It explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart, as they learn to accept and support each other while trying to live a life that if it can't be normal, it can at least be next to normal.
 
   
Three Little Kittens Sep 12 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
 
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
 
   
With Love and a Major Organ Sep 12 - Oct 14, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre With Love and a Major Organ
 
From chocolate boxes to Sweethearts candies to syrupy-sweet Hallmark cards, hearts have become humanity's de facto symbol of love and affection. But things go from sweet to more than a little strange when a young woman discovers that she's given her heart -- the actual beating muscle in her body -- to a boy she's just met on the subway. Now making its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company, With Love and a Major Organ is one woman's humorous, amorous musings on love, life and "likes" in the digital age. Whimsical storylines -- from a fable of a girl born with a paper heart to the hilarious hazards of speed-dating -- merge and converge in this quirky comedy with a modern pulse.
 
   
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow) Sep 16 - Nov 14, 2015  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow)
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
 
   
East of Eden Sep 17 - Nov 15, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre East of Eden
 
Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Kate settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Kate gives birth to twins Caleb and Aaron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War One will threaten their little piece of paradise. East of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story that asks if is it possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.
 
   
Sucker Punch Sep 18 - Oct 18, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Sucker Punch
 
It's the 1980s, Michael Jackson rules the radio waves and Conan the Barbarian is the box office king at the movies. Aspiring black boxers, Leon and Troy, both have promising futures in the ring. When race riots explode in their London neighborhood, these two friends are forced to make a tough decision. Years later, they square off, facing each other and the men they have become. An electric knockout, the much lauded and award-winning playwright Roy Williams' Sucker Punch takes an unflinching look at family, friends and the world of boxing.
 
   
The Black White Love Play Sep 19 - Nov 1, 2015  
Black Ensemble Theater The Black White Love Play
 
The Black White Love Play is the story of Chaz and Roger Ebert, detailing their life together through their courtship, marriage and Roger's Ebert untimely death in 2015. The production features outstanding music, exhilarating dance and a ten piece orchestra.
 
   
Scream, Queen, Scream! Sep 24 - Oct 31, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Scream, Queen, Scream!
 
Join the twisted ensemble at Hell in a Handbag Productions in a twisted trio of tales featuring ravenous monsters, Ed Jones as Maggie and Agnes Marlowe, identical but deadly twins in a Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte/Strait Jacket mashup, and an evil bitch from hell known simply as 'Betty' in an even campier tribute to the already campy The Crate from the classic '80s film, Creepshow.
 
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea.
 
   
Unspeakable Oct 6 - Nov 8, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse Unspeakable
 
Sex, Drugs and Comedy. Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor's imagination allowed him to escape and ultimately led him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites.
 
   
Treasure Island Oct 7 - Jan 31, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Treasure Island
 
Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers a dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper's son into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a dastardly crew of cutthroat pirates.
 
   
My Brilliant Divorce Oct 7 - Nov 1, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at Chief O'Neill's My Brilliant Divorce
 
The hilarious and moving story of Angela, recently deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. In a world of surly solicitors, "Lonely Hearts" dates, help line counselors and a myriad of self-diagnosed diseases, does Angela fight to keep her husband... or just move on? A Midwest premiere by one of Ireland's leading female playwrights.
 
   
Charm Oct 14 - Nov 8, 2015  
Northlight Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Charm
 
Charm depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with a youth group ranging in sexuality, race and gender identity from a Latina transwoman to a cisgendered straight black couple to a gay suburban teen. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over.
 
   
The Terrible Oct 16 - Nov 21, 2015  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre The Terrible
 
Controversial performance artist Woolfe wakes up dead in a weird room with a shrink, a rake and a songstress. Together, they must come to terms with the terrible or else...
 
   
Dragons Love Tacos Oct 17 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Dragons Love Tacos
 
Dragons love parties. All kinds of parties. But if you want to throw a party for dragons, you have to remember the tacos. Dragons love tacos. All kinds of tacos! POOLS OF TACOS. But save the salsa. When dragons eat salsa, you'll discover the results can be explosive. Adapted from the New York Times best seller, Dragons Love Tacos is a sizzling story full of fiery fun for your entire family.
 
   
1984 Oct 21 - Nov 15, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre 1984
 
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated (not even in thought), and Winston and his fellow citizens are under perpetual electronic surveillance by their ever-watchful ruler Big Brother. When Winston falls in love with a co-worker, their illegal affair pushes them to rebel and face the darkest and most dangerous corners of the regime. On the heels of last year's gripping Animal Farm, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Orwell's dystopian masterpiece in a multi-media production that is a haunting, shockingly timely look at a future that seems disturbingly present. Tuesday - Friday shows at 10am; reserved for school groups only.
 
   
Marjorie Prime Oct 21 - Feb 21, 2016  
Writers Theatre Marjorie Prime
 
It's the age of artificial intelligence, but 86-year old Marjorie is worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor programmed to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. As Walter's true nature is revealed, new levels of complexity emerge, leading to profound questions about the limits of technology and whether memory might be a purely human invention.
 
   
The Play About My Dad Oct 21 - Nov 28, 2015  
Raven Theatre The Play About My Dad
 
The play by Boo Killebrew tells of the author's father, a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina who stayed behind to tend to those who couldn't or wouldn't evacuate to safety when the waters began to rise. Their fights for survival against the storm are played against the backdrop of the doctor's relationship with his adult daughter, the playwright. Raven's production of this meta-theatrical tragicomedy will be staged in October, shortly after the tenth anniversary of that devastating storm that hit the Gulf coast from August 23-31, 2005.
 
   
The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide Oct 30 - Nov 8, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide
 
Fourth grader Johnny shoots himself, leaving behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.
 
   
Agamemnon Nov 5 - Dec 6, 2015  
Court Theatre Agamemnon
 
Featuring a world premiere adaptation by renowned scholar and Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Agamemnon delivers the second installment of Court's groundbreaking Greek Cycle. Actors Sandra Marquez (Clytemnestra) and Mark Montgomery (Agamemnon) return to resume the harrowing tale of the House of Atreus following last season's incredible Iphigenia in Aulis. Ten war-torn years have passed since the Greek fleet sailed from the shores of Aulis on winds conjured by the goddess Artemis in exchange for the bloody sacrifice of King Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Inside the walls of Argos, Clytemnestra orchestrates an unexpected welcome for her King as she patiently awaits his fateful return to a house torn apart by horror and sorrow.
 
   
You Can't Take It With You Nov 6 - Dec 13, 2015  
Northlight Theatre You Can't Take It With You
 
Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan that sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiance home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times. One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, Depression era classic has a timeless appeal.
 
   
Never the Sinner Nov 6 - Dec 6, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Never the Sinner
 
Chicago, May 21, 1924 - Two handsome and wealthy college students, Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb, are accused of violently murdering a 14-year-old boy. Are these two successful men capable of murder? What demons could drive this pair to commit such a brutal act? Never the Sinner, a suspenseful courtroom drama from Victory Gardens' Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus John Logan (The Last Ship and Tony Award for Red on Broadway) and directed by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple on Broadway, Appropriate), explores a complex and twisted relationship between two men in search of passion and intellect.
 
   
Hellcab Nov 6 - Jan 10, 2016  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the fourth consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Mamma Mia!
 
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends-practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Nov 14 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life Nov 20 - Dec 27, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life
 
From the original Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production that has been called "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare" returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 1 - Feb 21, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
The Lion King Dec 2 - Jan 17, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Lion King
 
Experience the phenomenon as it once again leaps onto the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."
 
   
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff Dec 2 - Jan 3, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
 
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
 
   
Domesticated Dec 3 - Feb 7, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Domesticated
 
Politician Bill Pulver faces the cameras to stumble his way through a carefully crafted apology as his wife Judy stands stoically behind him…but what is she REALLY thinking? We are about to find out in Bruce Norris’s wickedly funny, unpredictable play about a marriage burst apart by a sex scandal. This scathing, wildly entertaining play investigates gender politics, modern marriage and the sexual mysteries of the animal kingdom.
 
   
Gotta Dance Dec 13 - Jan 17, 2016  
Bank of America Theatre Gotta Dance
 
In 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball's first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted. Gotta Dance tells the remarkable true story of these wildly diverse seniors with a common goal, the young coaches who help them achieve it, and the unlikely art form that brings them all together.
 
   
Guys And Dolls Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium Guys And Dolls
 
Broadway's classic musical about gamblers and the gals who love them. Songs include "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Never Been in Love Before," "A Bushel and a Peck" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," with full orchestra.