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Caught May 29 - Jul 3, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Caught
 
A Chinese dissident artist and activist publishes an incredible account of his harrowing confinement at the hands of the government. But can he prove it? Layers of perception peel back, with echoes of Ai Weiwei, Mike Daisey and Jonah Lehrer, until reality itself comes into question. A hallucinatory new experience featuring celebrated visual and performance artists, CAUGHT explores what happens when we blur the dangerous line between story and truth.
 
   
Out Of The Blue May 30 - Jul 10, 2016  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Out Of The Blue
 
Out of the Blue is set against the backdrop of current political and social turmoil in Russia. President Putin claims that Russia is one of only a few countries where homosexuality is not outlawed. The reality, however, is grim. Homosexuality is conflated with pedophilia in the government-run media, and Russia's LGBT community is in hiding. They are hunted, beaten and ostracized, and the Putin regime recently passed laws on "gay propaganda" make it illegal for LGBT voices to be heard. In the play, in the midst of this destructive atmosphere, a boy takes the courageous step of coming out to his parents who, along with family and community, attempt to rid the boy of his unsavory problem.
 
   
Voice Lessons May 31 - Jun 12, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Voice Lessons
 
Justin Tanner's comedy Voice Lessons, is about the unlikely romance between a deluded community theater actress (Metcalf) and the over-educated vocal coach (Stewart) she hires to make her a star. Maile Flanagan rounds out the cast.
 
   
Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure Jun 1 - Aug 14, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure
 
It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple - and complicated - as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the "big time?" Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.
 
   
The Good Doctor Jun 1 - Jul 8, 2016  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Good Doctor
 
The Good Doctor is Neil Simon's heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into a laugh-out-loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun. Join us as we explore the intertwining genius of Simon and Chekhov in this delightful production.
 
   
I, Malvolio Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater I, Malvolio
 
I, Malvolio is renowned actor, writer and director Tim Crouch's one-man interpretation of Twelfth Night, as told by Shakespeare's much maligned steward, Malvolio. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, this act of storytelling alchemy draws us deep into the madness of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Following the international success of Tim Crouch's previous works I, Caliban, I, Peaseblossom and I, Banquo, I, Malvolio is a hilarious, and often unsettling, rant from a man "notoriously wronged."
 
   
Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor Jun 3 - Jul 29, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor
 
We interview an audience member about a relationship they have/had. Based on the interview we watch an improvised compelling night of television where our Bachelor goes on a series of dates with our eligible ladies in hopes to find a wife. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Who will win our Bachelor's heart?
 
   
Hauptmann Jun 3 - Jul 10, 2016  
City Lit Theater Hauptmann
 
On April 3, 1936, Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was innocent. In the moments before his execution, surrounded by guards, he relates his story in flashback. Woven into the telling are Hauptmann's flaws, which makes us unsure we can trust him.
 
   
World Builders Jun 3 - Jul 2, 2016  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building World Builders
 
A new drug has been developed to suppress the complex internal worlds of those with schizoid personality disorder, allowing them to focus on the reality in front of them. Max and Whitney are two participants in a clinical trial, and as the drug begins to take effect , they must choose which dream to pursue: their disparate fantasies or a future together. In this beautifully observed love story, we are forced to reckon with our own conceptions of mental illness and what it means to be "cured".
 
   
12 Angry Candidates Jun 3 - Jun 25, 2016  
The Public House Theatre 12 Angry Candidates
 
As the 2016 presidential race heads into the final months, Republicans find themselves in the throes of a brokered convention. In an attempt to unite the party, 12 former candidates are tasked with selecting the nominee by unanimous decision. Once negotiations begin, personal aspirations take over, and the GOP braces for what could be its greatest hurdle: Republicans.
 
   
A Small Oak Tree Runs Red Jun 3 - Jul 3, 2016  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre A Small Oak Tree Runs Red
 
In A Small Oak Tree Runs Red, audiences enter a realm between reality and purgatory with historical figures Mary Turner and Sidney Johnson. Shackled and trapped someplace between a dream and a nightmare, Mary and Sidney struggle to move on, but like the rest of us, have to piece together their past to make ensure that history doesn't repeat.
 
   
The Green Bird Jun 3 - Jun 19, 2016  
Flat Iron Arts Building The Green Bird
 
Magic and spectacle collide in The Green Bird, an update of Carlo Gozzi's 18th-century comedy about two orphans on an epic quest for enlightenment. This masked fantasia includes a lovesick king, a greedy fortuneteller, an insatiable sausage-maker, a magical green bird and a talking statue that's losing control of the story it's narrating. The vibrant world combines philosophical ideas about truth, love, sacrifice and compassion with physical comedy. With the king lost on the battlefield, the queen stuck underground, the royal heirs presumed dead and the kingdom in ruins, it takes magic and mayhem aplenty to guide everyone on the chaotic path back to happily ever after. The wild fairy tale inspired by Italy's commedia dell'arte comes to the Collaboraction Pentagon Theater in Chicago.
 
   
The Importance of Being Earnest Jun 3 - Jun 25, 2016  
3 Brothers Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Oscar Wilde's last play has been hailed as one of the most clever comedies in the English Language. Friends Jack Worthington and Algernon Moncrief have both fallen in love. However, their love interests Gwendolyn and Cecily have their hearts set on marrying men named Ernest. Thus begins a subterfuge to conceal their true names. Unfortunately for them, they will quickly realize that no one can truly be Ernest.
 
   
An InCornvenient Truth Jun 3 - Jun 24, 2016  
Cornservatory An InCornvenient Truth
 
The high and mighty champions of the 26th season of The Original Improv Gladiators, the Rough Cut Players return to the stage of Chicago's Cornservatory to perform their original new show, An InCornvenient Truth. Have you ever wondered what the state of comedy, entertainment and theatre might be after the end of the world? If you're emphatically nodding your head (or even if you're not), you're in luck, as this loose and fearlessly funny show explores a post-apocalyptic landscape of laughs with a mixture of scripted and over-the-top improvisation. The end of the world doesn't get much funnier than this.
 
   
Bat Boy: The Musical Jun 4 - Jul 24, 2016  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Bat Boy: The Musical
 
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife and teenage daughter.
 
   
My Fair Lady Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium My Fair Lady
 
Based on George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture "Pygmalion," MY FAIR LADY includes the songs "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "On the Street Where You Live."
 
   
Mitch and Megan are Fine Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Mitch and Megan are Fine
 
Mitchell and Megan were a regular couple in a regular sketch group getting ready for a regular show. Until they weren't, and their bickering caused the other members of their group to abandon ship before opening night. Now, Mitchell and Megan are stuck together, broken up, with a whole show to perform between the two of them. Watch as they struggle to find humor in their heartbreak, taking on their opposing ideas of what comedy is, what love is, and what a sexy cop is. Because they are two people who are hungry to perform, and absolutely shouldn't be doing it with each other.
 
   
The Divine Sister Jun 4 - Jul 10, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Ebenezer Lutheran Church The Divine Sister
 
THE DIVINE SISTER is an affectionate parody of nearly every nun movie to come out of of Hollywood. Lifting from films like The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (David Cerda) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing "visions," sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. Funny, clever and sweet, THE DIVINE SISTER springs from the mind of Charles Busch, creator of the camp classics, Die, Mommie, Die!, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
 
   
Snick Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Snick
 
Revisiting the Midnight Society, "Are You Still Afraid of the Dark?" tells an improvised campfire tale of terror. Directed by Aaron Sjoholm the cast will perform long form improvisationto tell a horror story based off audience suggestions. Are you ready to be hilariously frightened?
 
   
Central Avenue Breakdown Jun 6  
FWD Theatre Project at Chicago Theatre Works Central Avenue Breakdown
 
In 1940's, Los Angeles the hottest place to be seen is Central Avenue, in the shadow of Hollywood where hot swing blows all night long at clubs like Jack's Chicken Basket and the Club Alabam. Brothers Bill and Jim Marcel are sax players struggling to carve out their own legacies, but first they must overcome a destructive rivalry, addiction, and tragedy before it's too late.
 
   
The SpongeBob Musical Jun 7 - Jul 10, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre The SpongeBob Musical
 
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
 
   
The Sound Of Music Jun 7 - Jun 19, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Sound Of Music
 
"ONE OF THE MOST LOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME" - The Stage, London The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, is coming to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The Los Angeles Times raves THE SOUND OF MUSIC is "Sparkling, fresh and lively."
 
   
Strike 3 Jun 8 - Jun 29, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Strike 3
 
Strike 3* is the story of the boy with an arm that no one believed in until he was spotted by a legendary coach. Over the course of an hour, we watch his rise to stardom and his suffering through the consequences of his skill. Written by Benjamin Vigeant and Stephen Winchell, and directed by Erica Reid.
 
   
Deathtrap Jun 9 - Aug 14, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Deathtrap
 
A hugely popular stage and screen mystery, "Deathtrap" offers skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment--or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra how to plagiarize 'Deathtrap.' When Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master,' events take a sinister turn.
 
   
Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy Jun 9 - Jul 3, 2016  
Forth Story Productions at Theater Wit Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy
 
Tapped follows Mary, one of the NSA's top agents. She's smart, ambitious and in love for the first time. There's just one problem: The object of her affection is Steve, the bumbling whistleblower she's supposed to spy on. After joining Steve's quest to expose the NSA's domestic spying program, Mary is forced to go on the run-testing her limits, facing her fears and squaring off against both the severe Swiss head of WikiLeaks, Juliana, and the twisted head of the NSA, Patrick. Ultimately, Mary must answer the question: How much is she willing to give up for love and privacy rights?
 
   
Countess Bathory Jun 9 - Jun 25, 2016  
RBP Rorschack Countess Bathory
 
Alleged to have brutally murdered hundreds of servants and bathed in the blood of young women to retain her legendary beauty, Elizabeth Bathory was simultaneously a subject of persecution and a powerful political figure in 16th and 17th century Hungary. Modelled after Shakespeare's Richard III, Countess Bathory takes all the rumour and myth as fact, depicting Elizabeth as a mad tyrant fighting desperately to overcome her detractors, her political opponents, and her own dissolving grip on reality. This Elizabethan-style tragedy also focuses on the tumultuous lives of Elizabeth's abused servants, her fierce love for her husband, and the political and financial machinations of the King, Matthias II.
 
   
Girl Jesus Jun 9 - Jun 30, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Girl Jesus
 
Trying to navigate high school is tough for anyone -- especially if you're Jesus, who discovers that being a teenage girl might just be harder than spending 40 days and nights in the desert. From having an absentee father and sexually repressed mother to wondering if you're only getting invited to parties because you can turn water into wine, Girl Jesus is an uproarious musical romp that follows the typical highs and lows of one teenage lady-messiah. Can she get her crush to notice her? What is the price of popularity when she has to befriend her enemies? And how does it all play out at the Annual High Stakes Talent Show Prom? Find out as this uplifting play preaches to the beat of its own drummer at Chicago's The Public House Theatre.
 
   
The House That Will Not Stand Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The House That Will Not Stand
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley's signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.
 
   
An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook Jun 10 - Jul 31, 2016  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook
 
Celebrating the work of the British songwriting duo that created hits like "What Kind of Fool I Am," "Who Can I Turn To" and "Feeling Good" for the innovative musicals Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. In addition to writing book, music and lyrics for those two West End and Broadway hits, Newley and Bricusse contributed songs including "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination" for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Newley, who died in 1999, also enjoyed a career as a performer, taking leads in the musicals he co-wrote with Bricusse as well as headlining many concert, nightclub and television appearances. Bricusse wrote music and lyrics for the musical films Doctor Dolittle (winning an Academy Award for "Talk to the Animals"), Scrooge and Goodbye, Mr. Chips as well as lyrics for the stage musicals Victor/Victoria and Jekyll and Hyde.
 
   
The Ben Hecht Show Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2016  
Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre The Ben Hecht Show
 
The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company's world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman and directed by Dennis Začek. Based on Ben Hecht's books A Guide For the Bedevilled and A Child Of the Century, in which Hecht confronts his own identity as an American Jew in the wake of the Nazi Holocaustc
 
   
Make Me a Song Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Make Me a Song
 
The deeper truths of life can sometimes only be mined through music. Take an entertaining trip through the hilarious, touching, and personal songbook of composer-lyricist William Finn, whose musicals and revues include Falsettos, A New Brain, Elegies, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Finn is a seven-time Drama Desk Award nominee and the winner of two Tony Awards. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
 
   
Crash Course Show Jun 10 - Jun 24, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Crash Course Show
 
What happens when you take two solo acts and put them on stage together for the first time? Either magic or catastrophe, but either way, it's funny! And with the audience participating, anything can happen... and does. In a comedy scene full of stand-up, improv and sketch, "Crash Course Show" shakes up the traditional elements of comedy by smashing them together ontstage for an experience that can't be anticipated or repeated, giving the audience a special moment in time that belongs only to them and the actors onstage.
 
   
The Dark Ages: Otho the Great Jun 10 - Jun 25, 2016  
Unity Lutheran Church The Dark Ages: Otho the Great
 
Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled The Dark Ages: Otho the Great, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. The production depicts the tragic fate of Otho's valiant but hotheaded son Ludolph, whose unfaithful lover and her scheming brother induce him to rebel against his father and persecute his innocent cousin. The show runs 2 ˝ hours with one intermission.
 
   
The Way She Spoke Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Way She Spoke
 
When an actress enters an empty warehouse to read for a role in a new play about the missing and murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she embarks on an expedition through the broken roads of a city with far more questions than answers. With thousands of women disappearing every year, who is responsible for these crimes? The Way She Spoke: A Docu-mythologia is a daring solo-performance piece pulling from hundreds of interviews collected down a rabbit hole of drug cartels, ex-convicts, unsavory reporters and resilient women. Isaac Gomez's honest, thought-provoking production makes its debut at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. When The Way She Spoke hits the stage, you'll be asked: "What lies in the shadows of telling a story that isn't yours?"
 
   
The Secret Garden Jun 10 - Jul 2, 2016  
Lake Forest Theatre at Gorton Center The Secret Garden
 
Lake Forest Theatre's Managing Artistic Director is excited to direct the inaugural season opener, THE SECRET GARDEN. The musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel The Secret Garden originally premiered on Broadway in 1991 and earned a Tony award that same year. The enchanting musical follows 11-year-old orphan Mary Lennox on her return to Yorkshire from India. She returns to live with her reclusive uncle and ill cousin. Mary explores the grounds of her new home to discover a magic garden. There she finds spirits from her past that offer guidance for her new life. The tale of forgiveness and renewal plays out with beautifully haunting melodies. This Lake Forest production impressively has a 15-piece live orchestra to accompany the unbelievable performance.
 
   
Bars And Measures Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2016  
Prop Theatre Bars And Measures
 
We meet two brothers. One a classical pianist. The other a jazz bass player. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A beautiful journey through faith, family, melody and time.
 
   
Bound for Broadway Jun 11 - Jul 2, 2016  
MCL Chicago Bound for Broadway
 
Live theater goes meta in Bound for Broadway, an inventive new play that experiments with the basic idea of performance. The stage is set, the cast is ready and the crowd is seated for an important preview performance of Big Break, the play within the play performed by the fictional Craftworks Theater Company. The opening number is going perfectly when suddenly, the lights go black, a loud crash cuts through the music and the leading man cries out in pain. He's center stage with a broken leg, and now the Craftworks Theater ensemble has to rush to make it look like it's all part of the plan. MCL Chicago welcomes the show that proves success isn't always scripted; sometimes you've got it make it up along the way.
 
   
MotherStruck! Jun 11 - Jul 17, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center MotherStruck!
 
In MotherStruck!, acclaimed spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin shares her personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a "serious, stable financial set up." Called "funny and moving" by the Village Voice, the solo show is told through Chin's uniquely personal and poetic lens, exploring the ways in which the maternal process changed her life. Watch as she makes peace with the lessons she's learned from her profound experience. Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Sex and the City) directed the original production of this intimate one-woman performance. Now it comes to Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   
The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend) Jun 12 - Jul 10, 2016  
Black Ensemble Theater The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend)
 
Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr, otherwise known as Marvin Gaye, was known for his deeply soulful music and his phenomenal success in the music industry. The Marvin Gaye Story brings back the spirit of the "Prince of Soul" with a musical journey of the legendary man behind the music.
 
   
Savage In Limbo Jun 13 - Jul 17, 2016  
The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Savage In Limbo
 
Sitting in a dimly lit bar in the Bronx, a netherworld where ghosts drown their sorrows, Denise Savage is haunted by regret. She hates what her life has become, but fear keeps her frozen in place. When two high school friends join her, the night explodes with unexpected confrontations and confessions. Can they help her find her place in the real world? Or is she doomed to stay stuck in limbo?
 
   
Company Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2016  
Writers Theatre Company
 
It's Bobby's 35th birthday and he's still single, trying to find a way to have a serious relationship, without a serious commitment. But as his friends-all couples at different stages in their marriages-impose their unique perspectives of relationship function and dysfunction on him over the course of a hilarious series of dinners and cocktail hours, Bobby is forced to consider relaxing his determined grip on bachelorhood and begin exploring one of life's greatest questions-what does it mean to be alive? Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company is a witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships. Featuring some of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs, including "Side by Side by Side," "Marry Me a Little" and "Being Alive," this brilliant musical comedy is considered a true masterpiece by one of the finest composers of our time.
 
   
The Seedbed Jun 15 - Jul 17, 2016  
Redtwist Theatre The Seedbed
 
A budding young woman of 18, Maggie feels compelled to leave Ireland in order to avoid a family upheaval. Upon returning from Amsterdam, Maggie brings her new fiance, Mick, thinking she is safely buffered by her imminent marriage to a very nice man--who is older than her parents, and about whom her parents are far from happy.
 
   
This Jun 15 - Aug 28, 2016  
Windy City Playhouse This
 
Though its title could not be more linguistically simple, This is a poignant and poetic comedy that uses the power of language to make the foibles of real life profound and poetic. A silly party game becomes the spring board for a deep dive into long-held fear and resentment between five friends navigating the brittle transition into middle age. Adultery ensues, followed by remorse and plenty of confusion, all related with scintillating wit and verve in playwright Melissa James Gibson's Obie Award-winning script. See This at Windy City Playhouse and find out why the New York Times called it "the best new play to open Off Broadway" following its 2009 debut.
 
   
The Grapes of Wrath Jun 16 - Aug 14, 2016  
The Gift Theatre The Grapes of Wrath
 
The Gift Theatre presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.
 
   
On Golden Pond Jun 16 - Jul 31, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater On Golden Pond
 
The golden gleam of On Golden Pond doesn't come from the three Tony Awards the original Broadway production won or the three Oscars the film version took home (for Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and writer Ernest Thompson). The shine comes straight from the giant, glowing heart of this comedy about a long-married elderly couple, Norman and Ethel, who spend yet another summer at their beloved cottage on a lake in Maine. When their estranged daughter arrives with her fiance and his son in tow, Norman and Ethel agree to host the boy for the summer. And as they come to terms with the realities of life's twilight years, they discover how precious time really is. Discover (or rediscover) this modern American classic when Oil Lamp Theater presents an all-new production in Glenview.
 
   
Man of La Mancha Jun 22 - Aug 14, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Man of La Mancha
 
One of the world's most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream "The Impossible Dream".
 
   
Between Riverside and Crazy Jun 23 - Aug 21, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Between Riverside and Crazy
 
Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on.
 
   
The Woman Who Amuses Herself Jun 23 - Jul 24, 2016  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Woman Who Amuses Herself
 
n 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a worker at the Louvre, committed the crime of the century by walking out with the Mona Lisa hidden under his coat. Peruggia then spent two years in his Paris apartment alone with the mysteriously smiling woman as his muse. But was he an Italian patriot who believed "La Gioconda" should be returned to her native Italy? Or was he a not-so-common thief seeking his fortune? Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece has attracted, inspired, and perplexed millions of admirers across generations and continents but what makes the Mona Lisa so special? Was it her theft alone that brought her the world's attention? Meet Vincenzo and others affected by the smiling lady in this intriguing whydunnit.
 
   
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Jun 23 - Jul 3, 2016  
The Shakespeare All-Stars at Heartland Studio Theatre The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
 
Three actors portray over forty characters in this rollicking roller coaster comedy. "Unlike most productions of this play, we're doing it with three WOMEN! We thought we would single-handedly try to make up for the hundreds of years women were unfairly banned from the stage," said actor, Ellen Cribbs. All-Stars Artistic Director Arin Mulvaney says, "What better way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death than by making him roll over in his grave?"
 
   
The Book Of Mormon Jun 28 - Aug 14, 2016  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
 
   
The Importance of Being Earnest Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2016  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Athenaeum Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John Worthing, seemingly straight and proper, has invented a brother Ernest, whose identity he adopts when in the city so he let his wild side out. As Ernest he woos his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff's cousin, the ravishing Gwendolen Fairfax. Algernon decides to visit John's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. They both face a dilemma; both ladies have a determination to only marry a man whose name is Ernest. Things start to go awry when they all converge in the country and their deceptions are discovered, threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits, until they learn the importance of being earnest.
 
   
Wastwater Jul 7 - Aug 13, 2016  
Steep Theatre Wastwater
 
Countless stories have come to an end at the bottom of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England. Tony Award winning playwright Simon Stephens' Wastwater delves into three relationships, each sitting on the edge of a defining decision. Where will their stories end, and what are the consequences of the choices we all make?
 
   
Chops Jul 7 - Aug 14, 2016  
Dashnight Productions at Theater Wit Chops
 
This quintessentially Chicago play tells the story of three middle-aged jazz freaks, who were Kings of Rush Street at its peak in the 50's and 60's. The only problem is that it's 1984 and those glory days are gone. Vince, an ex-Rush street bartender, has opened his own joint, but he's losing money and things are tense. Walt drops by with the young and sexy jazz aficionado, Kaki, in tow to show off Vince's ultimate jazz jukebox. Walt's recently done some time and wants to prove that he's still got the chops. Out of the blue, Philly appears. This troubled old friend hasn't been seen in nine months and there are rumors of unpaid juice loans. But he appears natty, witty, and flush. Walt and Philly vie for Kaki's attention as a night fueled by booze, jazz and clever banter descends into wheels within wheels and lies within lies.
 
   
Kin Folk Jul 8 - Aug 14, 2016  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Kin Folk
 
As they wait to sell their suburban house, Lucy's family imagines a vibrant, new life in Chicago. However, Lucy has a different vision for her future. She wants to self-actualize and live as her true self: a powerful dragon named Kreeka. When her family discovers this secret, Lucy must choose between them and a new community known as Otherkin, a group of people who identify as magical, non-human creatures. As Lucy embraces Kreeka, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort and a werewolf from Montana, who show her how to live a life driven by faith and a love of the fantastic.
 
   
The Velveteen Rabbit Jul 8 - Aug 14, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Velveteen Rabbit
 
Timeless children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit hops from the bedside table to the theatrical stage in this special one-hour production for kids of all ages from the Marriott Theatre. In Margery Williams' touching story, a young boy forms a special bond with his stuffed rabbit, who wants nothing more than to become real through the love of its owner. Directed and choreographed by Amanda Tanguay with musical direction by Ellen K. Morris, the play introduces this poignant tale to a new generation of fans and reminds older generations why it still tugs at their heartstrings after all these years. As a bonus, each performance is followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
 
   
Tomorrow Morning Jul 9 - Aug 28, 2016  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Tomorrow Morning
 
Tomorrow Morning follows two couples, separated by time, both preparing for a monumental day ahead. When morning comes, twenty-somethings John and Kat will marry and embark upon a new life, while older couple Jack and Catherine will sign their divorce papers. Trouble is, is anyone really sure they're doing the right thing? Tomorrow Morning is about the uncertainty of impending change and ultimately, the redeeming power of love.
 
   
Eroica Jul 9 - Aug 7, 2016  
Azusa Productions at Redtwist Theatre Eroica
 
EROICA follows a family in small town U.S.A. during the Vietnam War. Victor, the town's former high school basketball star, has faked a medical condition to avoid the military draft. His wife Sally, unaware of her husband's secret, leads a letter writing campaign to U.S. troops thanking them for their service. Victor's physically disabled sister Grace, a nun, takes part in anti-war prayer vigils while silently struggling with her own faith. Charles, an embittered former athlete who was kicked off the team, learns Victor's secret and is bent on revenge.
 
   
Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet Jul 12 - Jul 17, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet
 
NY Fringe Outstanding Solo Performance Award-winner David Carl portrays Gary Busey in this offbeat, hilarious one-man show. Having triumphed in "Celebrity Big Brother," survived Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, taken on Meatloaf and Donald Trump, Keanu Reeves' favorite costar now undertakes his biggest challenge yet: performing all the parts in Hamlet with outrageous songs and homemade puppets. Carl channels the ultimate Hamlet-ized Busey in what Georgetown Voice has deemed "the best impersonation of Gary Busey the world will ever know." A hit among critics, Shakespeare scholars and fans of Busey alike, don't miss out on the tragically epic madness.
 
   
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys Jul 21 - Aug 27, 2016  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
 
   
Douglass Jul 21 - Aug 14, 2016  
Theater Wit Douglass
 
The multimedia work explores race in America through the lens of the abolitionist movement and the founding documents of a nation. The play strives to have a conversation inspired by the historical underpinnings of a movement, while simultaneously drawing parallels with today's ongoing discourse about race and politics in America. The story is of an ex-slave's struggle to become a man. His adversaries are not only those who strive to hinder him, but also those who purport to help him. His struggle is America's struggle: its ongoing, ever present battle against the sin of the slavery.
 
   
Big Fish Jul 21 - Aug 14, 2016  
Madison Street Theatre Big Fish
 
Everyone loves Edward Bloom's incredible, larger-than-life stories... except for his grown son Will, who searches for the truth behind his father's tall tales. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish The Musical brims with heart and humor. As Edward Bloom's health wanes from cancer, his son tries to learn who his father really is before it's too late. Filled with magic, love, luck and crazy coincidences, Big Fish The Musical at Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre reminds us why we love going to the theater with an experience that's richer and bigger than life itself.
 
   
Now. Here. This. Jul 22 - Aug 21, 2016  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre Now. Here. This.
 
From the award-winning writing team that brought you [title of show], Now. Here. This. is a new musical tackling life's big questions with humor and humanity. In its Chicago premiere, the show follows the evolution and adventures of four friends in a natural history museum as they journey through time - from the present day museum, to their formative pasts, and back again. Inspired by various exhibits, the foursome share stories about friendship, hoarding, roller coasters, dying, middle school, and Archer the security guard in an attempt to step from the past into that elusive present moment...into the Now. Here. This.
 
   
Byhalia, Mississippi Jul 22 - Aug 21, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Byhalia, Mississippi
 
Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives. Byhalia, Mississippi explores a couple in the midst of turmoil and a town with a racially-charged past that finds its way into the present. Winner of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee, 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition.
 
   
Newsies Jul 28 - Aug 7, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
 
   
Cirque du Soleil: TORUK - The First Flight Aug 3 - Aug 7, 2016  
United Center Cirque du Soleil: TORUK - The First Flight
 
TORUK - The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron's AVATAR like you have never seen it before. Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron's imaginary world and "makes the bond" between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination. This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na'vi's symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things. Narrated by a "Na'vi Storyteller" and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK - The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.
 
   
The Merchant Of Venice Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Merchant Of Venice
 
The critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe production that took London by storm comes to Chicago. In some of his most highly charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theater. Double Olivier and Tony Award-winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock, and is joined on stage by his daughter, Phoebe Pryce. The Telegraph praises "Director Jonathan Munby's oak-solid, finely weighted production... the lighter and darker elements combine in a seamless whole."
 
   
good friday Aug 13 - Sep 17, 2016  
Oracle Theatre good friday
 
In academia's hallowed halls, five women debate millennial feminism when gunshots shatter the safety of their discourse. As tweets stream across the campus feed, the body count grows. And then the shooter enters the classroom. At the intersection of gun violence and slacktivism, in a #yesallwomen world, what is the real cost of revolution?
 
   
Sister Cities Aug 19 - Sep 18, 2016  
Chimera Ensemble at The Den Theatre Sister Cities
 
Four estranged sisters, as different as the cities they are named after, face their mother's recent and sudden death in Sister Cities. Freedman's Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has earned strong critical acclaim around the world, including productions in Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and recently in Melbourne, Australia.
 
   
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Aug 24 - Oct 16, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
 
Frank Loesser's funny, romantic, delightful Pulitzer Prize-Winner! The story of young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who schemes his way from window washer to the top of the corporate ladder.
 
   
The Village Bike Aug 26 - Oct 16, 2016  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Village Bike
 
Becky, newly pregnant yet sexually frustrated, finds her husband is more interested in baby books than her provocative new nightie, so she turns to fantasy created by the old porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, Becky takes matters into her own hands by purchasing a used bike meant to burn off energy, but ends up embarking on an adventure much, much further than she ever expected to go.
 
   
Julius Caesar Sep 7 - Oct 23, 2016  
Writers Theatre Julius Caesar
 
Shakespeare's masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal, stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar has made Rome the world's most powerful Empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars the citizens of Rome wish to abandon the Republic and crown him king. When his fellow senators decide that his advancement must be halted, they come to a brutal and extreme solution: the great man must fall.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Sep 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
Paramount Theatre Mamma Mia!
 
It's the story of Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be preparing for her wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, she finds her mom's diary and reads about her love-filled summer 20 years before with three different men. Sophie is convinced one of the men is her father, and she's determined to find out who. She sends a wedding invitation to each of the men, forging her mother's signature on each note. When the men arrive the day before the ceremony, Donna, her mom, is shocked at their presence while Sophie is elated to finally meet her father. Quickly, each of the men realizes why they've been asked to the nuptials, and each is ready to walk their daughter down the aisle.
 
   
You On The Moors Now Sep 9 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre You On The Moors Now
 
This crazy, funny show sets heroines from the 19th century novels of Louis May Alcott, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters in a mythical place of Moors. When our heroines receive proposals of marriage, they decide to escape. The men wage war on the women starting the Moors Wars. Jaclyn Backhaus' ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose like a chapter from the books these women originated.
 
   
Tug Of War: Civil Strife Sep 14 - Oct 9, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Tug Of War: Civil Strife
 
Civil Strife is the second installment of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' electrifying adaptation, Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, like Scandal and House of Cards, tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare's most iconic rulers unfold-underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy and humor. Picking up where Tug of War: Foreign Fire left off, focus shifts to the home front in Civil Strife, as family divisions launch a country at war with itself in Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III-and nobility and commoners alike pay the price.
 
   
Songs Of Lear Sep 15 - Sep 18, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Songs Of Lear
 
The highest-rated performance in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Songs of Lear is an ensemble-driven, constantly evolving original work that invites audiences to witness the fruition of an intimate artistic process. Using crucial scenes from King Lear, it weaves a story using gestures, words and music, exploring the subtle energies and beautiful rhythms that govern one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Through this musical exploration of the text, melody becomes the embodiment of character, relationships and drama. London's The Guardian exclaims, it "seems to have already passed into legend even though it's only a work in progress."
 
   
The City Of Conversation Sep 15 - Dec 18, 2016  
Northlight Theatre The City Of Conversation
 
In 1979 Washington D.C., socialite Hester Ferris throws posh dinner parties that can change the course of politics. But when her son turns up with an ambitious Reagan-ite girlfriend and a shocking new world view, it ignites a family divide that spans over 30 years and six presidential administrations. As power shifts from one generation to the next, a family struggles to maintain ties while on opposite sides of the partisan fence.
 
   
Visiting Edna Sep 15 - Nov 6, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Visiting Edna
 
Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged, and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna's son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and the aggressively polite but baffling relationship they now live with. Mother and son stumble toward honesty as they wrestle with the distractions-both mundane and profound-that keep us from real connection.
 
   
Man in the Ring Sep 15 - Oct 16, 2016  
Court Theatre Man in the Ring
 
Based on the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith, Man in the Ring charts Emile's humble beginnings in the U.S. Virgin Islands to his infamous match against his archrival Benny "Kid" Paret. When Benny challenges Emile's sexual identity, Griffith responds in the ring and leaves a mark that lingers long after their legendary encounter. Man in the Ring is a story of violence, love, and life under the public eye-and one man's fight to get the world back in his corner.
 
   
The Bardy Bunch Sep 15 - Nov 27, 2016  
Mercury Theater The Bardy Bunch
 
It is 1974. We join the Bradys and the Partridges just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles. It was a summer when these beloved TV families, no longer under America's watchful eye, met on a collision course in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions.
 
   
Hand to God Sep 16 - Oct 16, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Hand to God
 
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. In this sidesplitting and lightning-paced comedy, a satanic sock puppet named Tyrone shows the children, minister, and school bully who's really in charge. Declared "flat-out hilarious" by The New York Times and described as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist" by The New Yorker; Hand to God by Robert Askins and directed by Gary Griffin (Never the Sinner, Appropriate) makes its Chicago premiere after thrilling audiences on Broadway last season and receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
 
   
The Happiest Place On Earth Sep 17 - Oct 23, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Happiest Place On Earth
 
Once upon a time in an Anaheim, California orange grove, a magical kingdom was built and dedicated to America's history, dreams and wildest hopes. Eight years later, one family's American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores, leaving his four daughters and their mother behind. Left reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins retraces and illustrates the true story of the women in his family, exploring their history and asking if there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true.
 
   
Cheers Live On Stage Sep 20 - Oct 23, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Cheers Live On Stage
 
A classic comedy performed in two acts, CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE will feature the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar, where drinking all day is the Norm. Audiences will laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff and Norm, as Sam "Mayday" Malone and Diane "Buzzkill" Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight!
 
   
Enamorarse de un incendio Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Enamorarse de un incendio
 
One of Mexico City's most innovative and courageous theater companies, Foro Shakespeare is world-renowned for its social justice work and inventive spirit. Enamorarse de un incendio, its first production with acclaimed Chilean playwright Eduardo Pavez Goye, draws on Shakespeare's exploration of love and relationships in Romeo and Juliet. Aimed at breaking the traditional mold of theater in Mexico, Foro Shakespeare utilizes camera-work and film projection to highlight and hide moments during three conversations on the phenomenon of love.
 
   
T. Sep 23 - Oct 30, 2016  
American Theater Company T.
 
"Ice Follies" read the cover of Time Magazine on January 24, 1994, after ice skating medalist favorite Nancy Kerrigan was struck in the leg with a police baton by Shane Stant. In his darkly funny and unrelenting play, Dan Aibel explores the lengths one will go to for fame. Margot Bordelon returns to Chicago to direct this world premiere play named for Tonya Harding, the first woman ever to complete a triple axel jump in competition. Nancy Kerrigan never saw her coming.
 
   
Hamilton Sep 27 - Jan 15, 2017  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
 
   
Piya Beharupiya Sep 27 - Sep 29, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Piya Beharupiya
 
First premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in London, Piya Beharupiya is an award-winning Hindi translation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, filled with a cast of unforgettable characters. Amidst the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged: one by Duke Orsino against the indifferent heart of Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward Malvolio. When Orsino engages the crossdressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. Part of the 2016 Eye On India festival, the production combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare wrote. Performed in Hindi with projected English translation.
 
   
Merge Oct 7 - Nov 13, 2016  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Merge
 
In 1978, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage, as they lose a piece of the identity that made them who they were in the first place. And what's worse... they have to start wearing socks. MERGE is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.
 
   
The Burials Oct 8 - Oct 21, 2016  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre The Burials
 
Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own political ends. Inspired by Antigone, The Burials is a modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America.
 
   
The Kindling Oct 15 - Dec 3, 2016  
Oracle Theatre The Kindling
 
Three women from different backgrounds work side by side in a sweatshop garment factory and strive, against all odds, to make a better life for themselves. When tragedy befalls a fellow weaver, the women come into conflict with the factory owner, the men's union, management, and each other as they try to determine a path toward equality in the workplace. Truax's staging will place the audience amidst the cramped conditions of the garment factory and its boarding house, revealing the mounting pressures within as the women attempt to break free from years of exploitation.
 
   
East Texas Hot Links Oct 19 - Jan 22, 2017  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
 
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.