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The Winter's Tale Jul 8 - Aug 2, 2015  
First Folio Theatre 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. Filled with wonder, magic, and mystery, THE WINTER'S TALE is a celebration of faith and redemption, of holding on and letting go, and the transcendent power of love.
 
   
Come Again? Jul 8 - Jul 29, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Come Again?
 
In an era where just about any type of communication can be replaced with the push of a button, it's even harder to connect with others than ever before. That's why sketch duo Honk and the Senator -- made up of a real-life couple, Ryan and Virginia, giving them plenty of firsthand experience with communication breakdowns -- put together the comedic compilation that is Come Again? This show seeks the answers to some truly troubling and significant questions -- like will Virginia's best friend ever respond to that Facebook message she already read? She's clearly online right now! And what did Ryan's dad mean when he texted "Go Cubes Go" anyway? This cathartic night of relatable comedy (seriously, they hate autocorrect just as much as you do) can be enjoyed at Chicago's Public House Theatre.
 
   
Join The Club! Jul 9 - Jul 25, 2015  
Skokie Theatre Join The Club!
 
Fast paced and lighthearted, JOIN THE CLUB! follows the story of rising lawyer Sara, who must do community service at the local women's club in order to make partner at her firm. Joining in the club's fight to rebuild a neighborhood shelter, Sara quickly finds herself in a conflict of cultures as she struggles to appreciate the importance of female friendship and community. An ensemble of strong and witty women accompany Sara along on her journey of self-discovery, offering insight into overcoming all of life's major challenges, including marriage, children, Brazilian waxes, and flying coach.
 
   
Whatever Jul 9 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Side Project Whatever
 
Everything will be fine for sixteen year-old Chloe once this afternoon's abortion is checked off her list. Likewise, her boyfriend Declan has finally found the courage to go off his anger meds and keep his hyper-concerned mother at bay. Two suburban teenagers try to navigate love, anger, and the bewildering adults who orbit their world.
 
   
Brilliant Adventures Jul 9 - Aug 15, 2015  
Steep Theatre Brilliant Adventures
 
Tucked away in his dingy apartment, Luke has invented a device that could change the world - if only he thought the world was ready for it. When an opportunistic outsider arrives with designs on his invention and his apartment, Luke's family, and the universe itself, are at risk of being torn apart. Brilliant Adventures packs all the gritty British drama you've come to expect at Steep into a wildly entertaining sci-fi thriller with more than a touch of dark comedy.
 
   
Moon Over Buffalo Jul 9 - Aug 16, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Moon Over Buffalo
 
Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a plethora of self-obsessed performers desperately trying to keep things from falling apart. It's all in a day's work for master of the period-perfect farce Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage try to keep their company together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see their repertory ensemble perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. The original Broadway run of Moon Over Buffalo starred Carol Burnett and ran for more than 300 performances, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
 
   
Fifty Shades of Plaid Jul 9 - Jul 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Fifty Shades of Plaid
 
Beneath the bookish, shy and unassuming exterior of Sandy Irons simmers a sizzling imagination. So when this mousy English major catches the eye of Thomas Plaid -- a rich and handsome fraternity president who has a reputation for dating only the most beautiful girls at school -- they both find themselves biting off a bit more than they can chew. This Public House Theatre parody of the massively popular Fifty Shades of Grey invites you into the private fantasies (and public discoveries) of Sandy Irons as she wraps herself up in Fifty Shades of Plaid.
 
   
Bard Fiction Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Commedia Beauregard at City Lit Theater Bard Fiction
 
This imaginative adaptation asks the age-old, perennially puzzling question: "What if William Shakespeare had written Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction?" (Well, for one thing, a Royale With Cheese would have been a "Hachis Parmentier.") Set in Elizabethan England, this comic concoction trades pistols for daggers and cars for horses as it follows the adventures of a pair of enigmatic hit men, their boss' dangerously sexy wife and a go-for-broke knight. This laugh-filled Commedia Beauregard production at City Lit Theater is packed to the brim with honor, betrayal and ... foot rubs.
 
   
No Exit Jul 10 - Jul 19, 2015  
Honest Theatre at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage No Exit
 
Honest Theatre spins its own adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's classic existential tale of the afterlife, No Exit. Three damned souls find themselves trapped in a room together where they must face and examine their darkest choices on Earth. As this menacingly humorous tale unfolds, we learn of the gruesome torture that awaits them in eternity.
 
   
Fugue Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2015  
Pendulum Theater Space Fugue
 
Fugue is a complex show that captures the elements of a musical fugue through four simultaneous improvised one-act plays that explore similar themes. It is a unique improvised production that harmoniously weaves 4 one-acts, folding in elements of comedy and drama in equal measure.
 
   
Take Me Back Jul 10 - Aug 8, 2015  
The Poor Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Take Me Back
 
Bill is a young newly released convict who's gone home to live with his mom. After serving four years in prison and finding himself back in small town Oklahoma, he's pretty sure he's run out of options - until his old girlfriend shows up. Then he's ready to do just about whatever it takes to jumpstart a new life.
 
   
Batty Old Biddies Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Seigel Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Batty Old Biddies
 
Bessie and Louise didn't die or go into the nursing home when they were supposed to. In fact, these salty seniors are trying to take their fading neighborhood back from the drug dealers, gang members and, especially, the scheming developer and his city cronies. Above all, Bessie wants it quiet, and she has perfected a subversive method of turning down the music on gang members' stereos. Sidekick Louise pins her hopes on the lottery, not on aging mama's boy Dan. Frustrated architect-turned-dumpster-diver Harry returns to the neighborhood with his own plans, while waif Gloria only wants to escape.
 
   
Alligator Jul 10 - Aug 9, 2015  
Dream Theatre Alligator
 
A young girl's mind spins out of control as childhood monsters from her past step out of her nightmares and into her waking reality. This darkly comic tale by Jeremy Menekseoglu features the ensemble cast: Anna Menekseoglu, Eric Barton, Jeremy Menekseoglu, Candace Kitchens and Hasket Morris.
 
   
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jul 10 - Aug 1, 2015  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Everyone's favorite fanciful car takes flight in this fantastical presentation of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty doesn't literally fly, mind you. You need to let your imagination soar, which is easy to do when the magical machine is brought to life in this dreamlike show.
 
   
Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse Jul 10 - Jul 31, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse
 
What would you do if you only had three days left to live? It's the type of hypothetical question we've all pondered, but in Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse, it's a reality. In this over-the-top comedy, the peaceful environs of Cremetown get a major shake-up when a raving scientist proclaims that the planet has only three days of sunlight left. Rather than curling up into the fetal position and waiting for it all to end, this Public House Theatre musical comedy finds the citizens of Cremetown taking this opportunity to live out all their wildest dreams ... while there's still time.
 
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game Jul 11 - Oct 3, 2015  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
 
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical Jul 11 - Aug 23, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
 
   
Bristol Renaissance Faire Jul 11 - Sep 7, 2015  
Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire
 
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.
 
   
Anne of Green Gables Jul 11 - Aug 2, 2015  
Provision Theater Company Anne of Green Gables
 
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now this new adaptation for young audiences comes to the stage at the Provision Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
 
   
Good Kid Mad Family Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Good Kid Mad Family
 
Josh Johnson is a good guy who is almost, kind of, sort of, becoming an adult. He owes a good amount of his humor and success to the people who raised him. Along the way we all have crazy uncles, neurotic cousins, and insane in laws that help shape the people we become. Good Kid Mad Family is about the family you choose and the family you don't.
 
   
The Summer of Daisy Fay Jul 11 - Aug 17, 2015  
Redtwist Theatre The Summer of Daisy Fay
 
Daisy Fay is a charming, spunky young woman from small town Mississippi in 1958, who has dreams and ambitions for something far more than her humble roots. Daisy Fay carries the audience with her as she recounts memories, both heartfelt and jovial, from her tom-boyish youth, to her success in theatre, to her adventures in the world of beauty pageants. Through her experiences, she becomes an advocate for the underdog.
 
   
Rapunzel Jul 13 - Jul 18, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rapunzel
 
Locked in a tower by an evil enchantress, Rapunzel has no way to escape her prison until one day when a prince stumbles upon her tower and climbs her long beautiful hair to reach her. He may have found her but can they escape the tower without the enchantress catching them? Sing and dance along with this fun version of the classic tale.
 
   
All Shook Up Jul 16 - Aug 16, 2015  
Theatre At The Center All Shook Up
 
Set in the summer of 1955 in a conservative Midwestern town, ALL SHOOK UP is the modern Rock n' Roll take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. ALL SHOOK UP follows the story of a small town girl with big dreams, Natalie, and the charismatic, motorcycle-riding roustabout she falls for, Chad. While Natalie dreams of hitting the open road, hoping to "Follow that Dream" with Chad by her side, Mayor Matilda Hyde believes Chad is the "Devil in Disguise," and quickly looks for a way to put a stop to his Rock n' Roll chaos. 24 classic Elvis hits drive the exhilarating musical comedy, including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Burning Love", "Jailhouse Rock", "Blue Suede Shoes", "It's Now or Never", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Fools Rush In".
 
   
A Perfect Ganesh Jul 16 - Aug 16, 2015  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre A Perfect Ganesh
 
In A Perfect Ganesh, two middle-aged American women travel to India on a journey for inner peace and to heal from personal tragedies. They meet the Hindu god Ganesha, meaning "wisdom," who is fluid in his power to assume any guise, at once everywhere and everything and at peace with all things. A Perfect Ganesh draws on the tragic and the comic, and the beautiful and the deplorable until a breathtaking release arrives for both women.
 
   
Churchill Jul 17 - Sep 13, 2015  
SoloChicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.
 
   
[title of show] Jul 17 - Aug 16, 2015  
The Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre [title of show]
 
Struggling writers Jeff and Hunter are working on an original musical with a unique topic: their experience writing an original musical! With friends Susan, Heidi, and accompanist Larry, they embark on a meta-journey of self-expression, documenting all the roadblocks and creative breakthroughs they encounter along the way. Nominated for the 2009 Best Book Tony Award, [title of show] is an irreverent, hilarious, and inspiring celebration of musical theatre and the joy of collaboration.
 
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths Jul 17 - Aug 21, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Join Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson as she pays tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring a live band, this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career will feature the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette's inimitable style. Well, nearly inimitable. Handbag transforms the newly remodeled Mary's Attic into the legendary Bathhouse (just tell your great Aunt Gertie this is where young men went to clean up back in the day) complete with hot dancing boys wearing strategically placed towels... and steam... lots of steam.
 
   
A Mess of Durang Jul 17 - Aug 2, 2015  
Royal George Theatre A Mess of Durang
 
Besides the man himself, no one knows the exact topic of Christopher Durang's first play, which he wrote as an ambitious second-grader at Our Lady of Peace Parochial School in 1958. That said, it was probably a comedy and an outrageous one at that (by second-grade standards, at least). For few playwrights have revolutionized stage comedy quite like Durang, winner of the Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the Obie for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Now ColorBox Theatre presents A Mess of Durang, a compilation of seven of Durang's most hilarious and absurd short works, served up in '70s variety show style, complete with sketches, songs and jokes.
 
   
The Second City's Game Night Jul 17 - Aug 8, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Game Night
 
Come play with us! What happens when Chicago's best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of classic game shows? Come laugh your way through The Second City's Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised commercial breaks, the laughs come rapid-fire as your host segues seamlessly from one game to the next. Have a special talent? Think your linguistic skills are better than most? Have something bizarre in your purse? Get on stage and change the game! Audiences participate at every turn, taking the show a different direction each night as the whip-smart cast toes the line between absurdity and genius in a way that only game shows and improv can achieve.
 
   
Loving Repeating Jul 18 - Aug 30, 2015  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Loving Repeating
 
LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein's legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein's capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.
 
   
Its Your Funeral Jul 19 - Aug 2, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Its Your Funeral
 
Have you ever wondered what your funeral would be like? Who would cry the hardest? Who just came to eat the food? Well now you can find out without the pain of dying. We choose one audience member to interview then our talented Ensemble will improvise what the funeral will be like for this person.
 
   
Stupid F***ing Bird Jul 23 - Aug 30, 2015  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stupid F***ing Bird
 
On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre's most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.
 
   
We Gotta Bingo Jul 23 - Sep 27, 2015  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.
 
   
The Two Gentlemen of Verona Jul 23 - Aug 22, 2015  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Two Gentlemen of Verona
 
Leave it to Shakespeare to hit a home run with his first crack at bat. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona helped launch both his career and the rom-com genre. In fact, Two Gentlemen offers everything you could want in a romantic comedy: moony and misguided guys, smart and resourceful gals, a road trip, a funny bit with a dog and, of course, plenty of cross-dressing. Oak Park Festival Theatre's outdoor production is set in the over-the-top, youth-centric 1980s world of John Hughes and his club of endearing scoundrels. Think Ferris Bueller in rhyming couplets!
 
   
Eugene Jul 23 - Aug 16, 2015  
On The Spot Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Eugene
 
Four years after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Eugene de Rastignac, a poor student from the provinces with distant noble roots, determinedly climbs an upward path. He encounters obstacles that make him question whether love is compatible with ambition or power with happiness. Based on the acclaimed Balzac novel, Father Goriot, the story involves Eugene's friendship with an old grain merchant, Goriot, who sacrificed his ill-gotten fortune to buy his two lovely daughters--Anastasie and Delphine-an upper class life. The will to succeed and the disillusionment of self-empowerment make a volatile mix in the minds and hearts of city dwellers in a rapidly changing world.
 
   
Last Train to Nibroc Jul 24 - Sep 6, 2015  
Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit Last Train to Nibroc
 
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "...a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness..." by the Associated Press.
 
   
Pippin Jul 28 - Aug 9, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Pippin
 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
 
   
Stanley In The Name Of Love Jul 30 - Aug 29, 2015  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Stanley In The Name Of Love
 
A trailer park fairy decides to become a pornstar because he wants to fall in love. Stanley, his hag, and a chorus of gay angels take off on the Road to Love. Along the way, they find Rod Fullalove, a beguiling pornstar, a man with a deep hole to fill. The powers of love and meaninglessness collide in this absurdist gay porn dance pop musical.
 
   
SubUrbia Jul 30 - Aug 16, 2015  
Athenaeum Theatre SubUrbia
 
The New York Times called SubUrbia "Chekhov high on speed and Twinkies." This critically acclaimed, brutally honest drama takes a hard look at a group of disaffected young 20-somethings who hang out in the parking lot of a suburban convenience store, talking big but not much more. When their former high-school buddy, now a rock star, returns, they're forced to confront their failed dreams and aimless existence. Penned by award-winning actor-writer Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll), SubUrbia premiered on Broadway with stars Martha Plimpton, Josh Hamilton and Steve Zahn, the latter of whom went on to star in Richard Linklater's 1997 film adaptation.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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 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.
 
   
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 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.
 
   
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
 
   
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."
 
   
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)
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Treasure Island Oct 7 - Jan 17, 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.
 
   
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."
 
   
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.