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Soon I Will Be Invincible May 29 - Jul 19, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Soon I Will Be Invincible
 
The devious Doctor Impossible has escaped from prison and legendary superhero CoreFire has vanished without a trace. With the fate of the world in their hands, the New Champions have mere hours to recover their fallen comrade and stop their arch-nemesis before his doomsday device is complete. Joined by Fatale, a cyborg with an arsenal of deadly hardware and a host of self-esteem issues, the mighty super-team must face their darkest hour - and the truths buried in their deeply troubled pasts. A thrilling new musical about power and identity set in a vibrant world of heroes and villains, in a world premiere adaptation.
 
   
Other Hands May 29 - Jun 15, 2015  
Linchpin Theatre at Josephinum Academy Other Hands
 
In a world of systematic, high-speed technology, some people expect to live life as efficiently as the machines they depend on...and when a machine breaks down, there is usually someone with the skills to fix it. But in an age where things that don't work and can't be mended are thrown away, what do we do with something as human and messy as love?
 
   
Don't Go Gentle May 31 - Jul 12, 2015  
Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit Don't Go Gentle
 
Judge Lawrence Driver is a conservative powerhouse on the bench, but a failure at home. Now retired and widowed, and seeking redemption, Judge Driver volunteers to do pro bono legal work with Tanya, a vulnerable ex-con with a troubled teenage son, while working to repair the increasingly complicated relationships with his own adult children. When his newfound generosity is perceived as condescension, Judge Driver runs the risk of losing everything.
 
   
The Pied Piper May 31 - Jun 30, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre The Pied Piper
 
The creators of our hit The Hunting of the Snark and The Just-So-Stories, The Forks & Hope Ensemble, led by Strawdog Ensemble Member, Josh Sobel, bring their innovative, physical, DIY aesthetic to the haunting tunes of Browning's Pied Piper of Hamelin.
 
   
Borderlands: Three Chords and the Truth May 31 - Jun 28, 2015  
Underscore Theatre Company at The Frontier Borderlands: Three Chords and the Truth
 
A new musical, Borderlands asks: how do you change your story? Do you re-write history? Catch a different train? Or just throw yourself headlong into the life you think you want? Borderlands follows the ups and downs of a group of musicians and songwriters, gathered to trade tales in a beat-up bar, and to toast the return of a mysterious friend. Connected in more ways than they can count, they do their best to shore each other up and cheer each other on—all the while taking care not to reveal too many secrets as they stumble to find their own “three chords and the truth."
 
   
Once Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Once
 
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
 
   
On Your Feet Jun 2 - Jul 5, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre On Your Feet
 
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
 
   
Love and Human Remains Jun 4 - Jul 11, 2015  
Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Love and Human Remains
 
Chicago's summer theater season promises to heat up considerably when Brad Fraser's ground-breaking play, Love and Human Remains, a bawdy, carnal, modern day tale of Chicago thirtysomethings on the hunt for love, sex and acceptance while a serial killer is in their midst, returns to Chicago after a 20+ year absence in a daring new production from Cor Theatre, directed by Ernie Nolan.
 
   
A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook Jun 4 - Jul 12, 2015  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook
 
A cabaret of songs by the composer of "The Way We Were," A Chorus Line and many other Broadway musicals and films. A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook will feature new arrangements and musical direction by Aaron Benham, who provided music direction and arrangements for Theo Ubqiue's A Cole Porter Songbook and A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters and was music director for Theo's Always... Patsy Cline.
 
   
Titus Andronicus Jun 4 - Jul 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Titus Andronicus
 
"Titus Andronicus" is not William Shakespeare's most popular play, but when it is mounted, it makes a powerful statement. The story is a simple and grotesque portrait of the perversions of power, revenge and the consequences of our primal fear of "The Other." A legendary general takes a foreign queen captive, slaughters her oldest son, and sets off a chain of events which sees his own daughter violated and disfigured, and the Queen's remaining, offending sons baked into a pie.
 
   
Home Free! Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2015  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Home Free!
 
Lawrence and Joanna, a brother and sister in their mid-twenties, have cut themselves off from the world "outside," living in a cluttered playroom which they share with two imaginary companions, "Edna" and "Claypone." Surrounded by toys, including a miniature Ferris wheel, they have created an atmosphere of almost suffocating intimacy and remove, where play becomes the business of life and reality an alien force to be kept at bay. But life intrudes all the same, and their fantasies have betrayed them into Joanna's pregnancy.
 
   
Hot Nights Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Hot Nights
 
Turns out running a speakeasy ain't so easy. Just ask Audrey and Maxine who run a successful (albeit totally illegal) gin joint in Prohibition-era Chicago in Hot Nights. In this exciting new work by Kimberly V. Banks and Briane Goodrum, the two protagonists must use all of their wiles to deal with racists, sexists, powerful gangsters, crooked coppers and their own colorful customers. Join them on their quest for economic and social independence -- during a time when both are in short supply for African-American women -- during this poignant and pointed stage piece filled with comedy, music and dance. Banks and Goodrum star in a production directed by Ric Walker.
 
   
Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t Jun 5 - Jul 5, 2015  
About Face Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t
 
Cal thinks his favorite president was gay, just like him. In his quest for proof, we take a road trip to the nation’s capital and encounter budding high-school romance, Ellen DeGeneres, a quadrille-crazy Mary Todd and sex in a mattress store. Discover the truth lurking just beneath the stovepipe hat in this clever, time-jumping play about history, family and the importance of heroes.
 
   
Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich
 
Exploring the fears and frustrations faced by a shrinking and put-upon middle class, Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich presents two concise, dark, fun and strange pieces of satire. In Out at Sea, three survivors of a shipwreck decide amongst themselves who should become the first meal. Think of it as Survivor ... hosted by a starving and particularly ornery Anthony Bourdain. Striptease finds two middle managers locked in a battle for control against a mysterious online force -- a satirical work akin to Office Space, as penned by the founders of Facebook. This Under the Gun Theater production explores the hidden links between culture and power, with a keen eye on comedy.
 
   
Camping: The Musical! Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
Nealshow Productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre Camping: The Musical!
 
Since his sons left home to become men, Dad has been spending his days just trying to keep mice out of his apartment. When the rodent infestation seems to be under control, he reminisces about the great times he had with his sons when they were younger and spent many a long holiday weekend camping. Well, it's Christmastime, and Dad's sons are coming home! Camping: The Musical! is a charming, gag-a-minute, song-filled salute to the magic of a father and son camping trip.
 
   
Malice Buyers Club: When Villains Win Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Malice Buyers Club: When Villains Win
 
From King David to Daredevil, we love our heroes and their promises of justice. But in reality, we know the sad truth: Too often, the bad guy gets away with it. Malice Buyers Club: When Villains Win explores the lives of people who make the world worse and still come out on top. From bank robbers and corrupt CEOs to emotionally unavailable boyfriends and murderers with the best of intentions, this show asks the eternal question: In a world where one man's drug deal might pay off another man's crippling debt, what does it mean to be a villain? Can a villain be a hero simultaneously? And if you've ever wondered if you just might be the one who has completely ruined someone's life, you are invited to join the Malice Buyers Club.
 
   
My Girlfriend is the Devil! Jun 5 - Jul 11, 2015  
Cornservatory My Girlfriend is the Devil!
 
Michael heard dating could be hellish, but nothing prepared him for this. In My Girlfriend is the Devil!, Michael, a 25-year-old virgin, falls hard for his new girlfriend Tina. But it's only after Tina unexpectedly moves in with him and his improv-team roommates that their relationship starts to go south -- really far south. When a seance party inadvertently opens a portal to Hell and Beelzebub is set free, Michael and the gang must battle not only Evil Incarnate but also their own personal demons. Featuring dynamic fight sequences, original scoring, and the Dark Princess Herself, My Girlfriend Is the Devil!. takes rom-coms, sitcoms and old-school demonology and fuses them into a comedy like no other. Now Corn Productions presents their newest original production at The Cornservatory.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Jun 5 - Jun 21, 2015  
Fury Theatre at Indian Boundary Park The Winter's Tale
 
"Exit pursued by a bear" goes the Bard's most famous stage direction in this romance directed by Fury Artistic Director Mark Dodge*. Two kings, inseparable since childhood are torn asunder over jealousy of the beautiful Queen of Sicilia, Hermione. Tragedy marks the first part of Shakespeare's later Romance as all the king's men try to mend this tragic rift yet it'll take a ragtag family of shepherds and one conniving con-man to right this wrong. Join us as we blend Fury's unique style of theatre with song, dance, and plenty of laugh out loud moments! And a bear! Did we mention the bear?
 
   
Liberty City Jun 5 - Jul 12, 2015  
eta Creative Arts Foundation Liberty City
 
The compelling one-woman play tells a story of Miami in the 1980s - where race, politics and police brutality spark a community on edge and ignite a city-wide riot that a 10 year-old girl must navigate to get her young brother safely home. Everything her 60s revolutionary parents taught her about being black, invisible and strategic just might save them both. Liberty City foreshadows the current confrontations experienced in African American communities today.
 
   
Sleeping Around Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Sleeping Around
 
With her stand-up career on the rise and her first comedy special on the horizon, Avery is killing it ... career-wise. Her personal life is another story. Sleeping Around mixes a dramatic and amusing narrative with stand-up comedy, framing Avery's problematic sexual encounters and romantic troubles as a young woman of the world with her increasingly personal stand-up sets. Filled with a humorous and all-too-relatable cast of characters, this funny and engaging look at love can be seen at the Public House Theater.
 
   
Never Have I Ever Jun 5 - Jul 31, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Never Have I Ever
 
From the creator and director of Comedy Against Humanity comes a new late night offering. Based on the popular party game "Never Have I Ever," this high-energy, interactive show takes an inside look at a house party we've all been to before-or have we?
 
   
The Fantasticks Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium The Fantasticks
 
The Off-Broadway hit about two fathers who plot to get their boy and girl together by pretending to keep them apart. This expanded version features a full orchestra accompanying the song classics "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Never Say No."
 
   
The Birds Jun 6 - Jul 19, 2015  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit The Birds
 
The Birds is a suspenseful, atmospheric adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's enthralling short story, also the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's chilling 1963 film thriller. Mysterious masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house by the sea and form a bond to survive their haunting new circumstance. With no electricity and scarce food, the tension is palpable and hope is waning. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own ruffles feathers in the house and quickly threatens to destroy their so-called sanctuary.
 
   
Queen Amarantha Jun 6 - Jun 28, 2015  
Other World Theatre at City Lit Theater Queen Amarantha
 
Good as Game of Thrones is, it's no replacement for enjoying your medieval fantasy drama -- complete with political intrigue, sexy scandal and nudity -- live on stage. For all these reasons and more, Otherworld Theatre's lavish production of Queen Amarantha beats HBO any day of the week. Headstrong and transgressive, Amarantha is far from a meek and mild medieval monarch. Yet, when her enemies destroy her reputation, she abdicates and runs away from her duties. The throne then falls to her hopelessly weak ward, Roderigo, and soon the kingdom is imperiled, forcing Amarantha to choose between her freedom and saving the country. Now Tiffany Keane directs the Midwest premiere of Queen Amarantha, an exciting homage to historical melodramas by Tony nominee Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife).
 
   
Roast Beef Jun 6 - Jul 18, 2015  
CIC Theater Roast Beef
 
Under the guidance of Miss Jessica Martini, the Roast Beef All-Male Revue entertains wild crowds every weekend with the hardest bodies and hottest moves legal enough to do in public. Starting backstage to learn what these slabs of meat get out of performing and ending with the actual revue, we follow a night with the Roast Beefers and see how they handle the bright lights of (adult) show biz!
 
   
Moby Dick Jun 10 - Aug 9, 2015  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
 
   
City Of Angels Jun 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire City Of Angels
 
CITY OF ANGELS is the deliciously funny celebration of the decade's film noir genre and dark detective fiction, with a liberal touch of femme fatale, weaving together two plots unfolding at once. The double feature follows the "real" world of young New York writer, Stine, and his fictional alter-ego in the "reel" world, "Stone". Stine arrives in Los Angeles with the hopes of turning his crime novel into a Hollywood blockbuster, and while his movie plays out in black and white, Stine's new life is all-too colorful as he struggles to balance his relationship with his wife, Gabby and his overbearing producer Buddy Fidler. Each movie scene that Stine writes comes to life in the split-stage show, bringing double the laughter and intrigue to the audience.
 
   
Body and Blood Jun 11 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Gift Theatre Body and Blood
 
Body & Blood follows Dan as he finally finds his calling in life, and in the process, sends all of his loved ones spiraling into a spiritual crisis. The Gift co-founder and playwright of Northwest Highway depicts a beautiful local story about overcoming obstacles and following your heart.
 
   
A Work of Art Jun 11 - Jul 19, 2015  
Chicago Dramatists A Work of Art
 
A Work of Art tells the story of a woman who lost her brother to the war in Vietnam and the course of her life was changed forever. Now, at a crossroads, she must do battle with her past and the ghosts that continue to haunt her. This achingly beautiful new work, which depicts the burden that military families are asked to carry, explores the lingering pain and soul-searching that accompanies the aftermath of any war. The first of Romero's trilogy Graveyard of Empires is currently being produced by 16t Street Theatre.
 
   
Goldfish Jun 11 - Jul 12, 2015  
Route 66 Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Goldfish
 
Two children of dysfunctional single parents come to college and fall in love with each other in Goldfish, a quirky romantic dramedy at Greenhouse Theater Center. Uptight 19-year-old Albert has left behind his irresponsible father, a degenerate gambler prone to squandering the family's savings on his habit. Meanwhile, the lovely Lucy's mother is an alcoholic dowager who lounges around their mansion in her bathrobe and pearls. As these two lovers' relationship evolves, friction heats up on both sides of the generational divide, as the children must increasingly serve as wards to their own troubled parents.
 
   
The Bikinis Jun 11 - Aug 16, 2015  
Fox Valley Repertory The Bikinis
 
Jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys, All Shook Up and Mamma Mia! have been all the rage on Broadway in recent years. Now it's time for the girls to have their moment in the sun. The Bikinis: A Musical Heat Wave of the 1960s is a celebration of the feel-good girl group music of the Sixties, with unforgettable songs like "It's in His Kiss," "I Will Survive," "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," "I'm Every Woman" and much more. The Bikinis have gotten back together after 20 years to sing all the songs they used to do down at the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. They're trying to raise money for the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort -- and rekindle their old friendships.
 
   
South by Midwest Jun 11 - Jun 25, 2015  
MCL Chicago South by Midwest
 
Raised in the middle of nowhere and finding themselves in Chicago, Liz and Maggie have assembled a United Methodist potluck-worthy spread of notions, news, and nonsense to share with audiences in South by Midwest. Both hold multiple titles in their respective 4H events, have inherited their grandmothers' iron skillets and can sing "Our God is an Awesome God" from ancient, powerful muscle memory. Pull up a rocking chair on the porch or share a 3AM Uber with them as they invite audiences to unroll their own map and push some pins into "home" and "here" finding the deeply human satisfaction of tying a string between the two. From the plains of Littletown, USA comes South by Midwest.
 
   
The Who and the What Jun 12 - Jul 12, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Who and the What
 
Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Kimberly Senior examine the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.
 
   
The America Play Jun 13 - Aug 1, 2015  
Oracle Theatre The America Play
 
Oracle invites audiences to participate in a patriotic ritual: the reevaluation of our country's "history" in pursuit of a better society. A darkly comic tale. THE AMERICA PLAY opens with audiences seated around "a great hole. In the middle of nowhere. The hole is an exact replica of The Great Hole of History." In the first act, the Foundling Father has left his wife and son to seek a greatness out west. He, a black gravedigger, has been told that he is a dead ringer for President Abraham Lincoln. This inspires him to set up a venue where people are invited to reenact the assassination of the Great Emancipator. In the second act, his wife and son visit the abandoned venue - "a great hole" - and search for signs of the Foundling Father. THE AMERICA PLAY engages audiences in provocative questions about what defines us, and how we each are shaped by it.
 
   
The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez Jun 13 - Jul 19, 2015  
Theatre Y The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez
 
The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez is a voluptuous prose-poem for the stage between a Man and a Woman, two 'figures' in the heart of a bucolic garden in the heart of high summer-something of an eternity, something of an irretrievable moment. It is not a drama that occurs between them, but a summer dialogue that proceeds by way of interrogation-play. The mysteries of eroticism and nature surface in their incursions into untold memories, silent happenings that for the first time demand a language. In Handke's text, amorous attraction is transfigured into metaphysical desire; a game of questions becomes a game of passions, and this play of passion becomes a world of poetic images as sensuous as the soundscape of the outside world: premonitory and encroaching.
 
   
Porcelain Jun 14 - Jul 12, 2015  
Prologue Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Porcelain
 
An examination of one young man's crime of passion, Porcelain centers on John Lee -- a gay, 19-year-old Asian man who has confessed to shooting his lover in a public lavatory in London. Dissecting the crime though a prism of conflicting points of view, this Greenhouse Theater Center production combines newscasts, flashbacks and John's recollections to a prison psychiatrist to create a truly compelling play. One of the earliest works from celebrated playwright Chay Yew, Porcelain was initially produced in 1992 and won the London Fringe Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright.
 
   
Don Quixote Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2015  
The Royal Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Don Quixote
 
The Auditorium Theatre closes our 125th Anniversary Season by bringing back The Royal Ballet to Chicago after a 37-year absence. Led by Director Kevin O'Hare, the company will present Carlos Acosta's production of Don Quixote, which The Guardian says "rediscover(s) the ballet's fun" and DanceLondon's says "Acosta has done a fine job in giving The Royal Ballet's (Don Quixote) a completely new lease on life." The company makes their Auditorium debut during a three-city tour of the U.S. that includes The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
 
   
All Our Tragic Jun 20 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre All Our Tragic
 
The Hypocrites present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC. From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.
 
   
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Jun 20 - Jul 26, 2015  
Goodman Theatre Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina much to Masha's dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.
 
   
Never the Bridesmaid Jun 25 - Jul 26, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater Never the Bridesmaid
 
Twins Maria and Anthony have never had luck with love. She's been widowed once and divorced twice; he was dumped by his fiancee four years ago and hasn't dated since. Both are full of advice for one another but floundering on their own as they prepare for the 40th anniversary of their parents' perfect marriage. Might they finally find love in the seemingly willing partners that surround them? Never the Bridesmaid follows along as they attempt to find the answer. The play had its Jeff Award-winning debut in Chicago two years ago, and now it's coming to Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
 
   
Matawan Jun 26 - Jul 26, 2015  
The Ruckus at Athenaeum Theatre Matawan
 
In the summer of 1916, a series of freakish and fatal shark attacks paralyzed the Jersey Shore. Three people were attacked in one day in Matawan, no matter that the town is 11 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. This string followed two other attacks elsewhere on the shore. Further inland, Philadelphia was in the grips of a polio outbreak, and the entire nation was plagued with thoughts of entry into World War I. It was an incredibly unusual moment in American history, and all that tension is conjured up movingly in Matawan, a new play at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two. As the drama builds, a monster appears, and the play's protagonists learn that their inner selves might be just as dangerous as any outside threat.
 
   
Bent Jun 27 - Jul 26, 2015  
The Other Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre Bent
 
Before Bent's first staging in London in 1979, there was little awareness of the Nazi persecution of queer-identified people. But with its potent statement, this play has helped increase historical research and education about their abuse, while engaging countless viewers with its compelling narrative. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated WWII drama from Martin Sherman, the play takes place in 1930s Berlin, as two lovers are thrown onto a train to Dachau as part of the Gestapo's plan to cleanse the city of "perverts." One denies his lover at the hands of the guards -- but while at the camp he learns that true dignity lies in acknowledging who he is. Compelling, erotic, heartbreaking and witty, Bent can now be seen at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre.
 
   
Grand Concourse Jul 2 - Aug 30, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Grand Concourse
 
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.
 
   
Kiss of the Spider Woman Jul 2 - Jul 26, 2015  
Benevolent Theatre at Trap Door Theatre Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
The winner of seven Tony Awards, Kiss of the Spider Woman spins its web at Trap Door Theatre. John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical is the story of two cellmates in a Latin American prison -- Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser. Molina survives the torture and humiliation by escaping into a fantasy world of the movies he loved as a child, conjuring a beautiful and beguiling screen enchantress named Aurora as his imaginary diva. The lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur as the relationship between Valentin and Molina becomes more and more complicated, and the danger increases in this mesmerizing classic from the songwriting team that created Chicago and Cabaret and the four-time Tony Award-winning author of Love! Valor! Compassion! A harrowing tale of torture and political oppression, this captivating musical nonetheless embraces hope and the beauty of love.
 
   
The Little Mermaid Jul 3 - Aug 16, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Little Mermaid
 
This summer, families will venture under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends to the tune of one of Disney's most beloved classics. Chicago Shakespeare's newly adapted 75-minute production of Disney's The Little Mermaid is based on the full-length Broadway musical and staged by Jeff Award-winning director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song "Under the Sea," children and adults alike will delight in the dazzling production and unforgettable music following Ariel's adventure to find true love-and her voice. Each performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photos.
 
   
Jihad Jul 5 - Aug 2, 2015  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Theater Wit Jihad
 
Israel's struggle with Hamas receives a stirring dramatization in Jihad, in which two families -- one on each side of the conflict -- lose a daughter in a suicide bombing. In researching the project, playwright Stephanie Liss spent time undercover with groups such as the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas itself. The result is a provocative, deeply felt theatrical experience that takes viewers inside the world of terrorism and its affects on the families' public and private lives. Experience Jihad at Theater Wit in Chicago.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jul 7 - Jul 26, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
[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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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 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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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."
 
   
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.