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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.
 
   
Dank House Jul 1 - Sep 2, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Dank House
 
Tank, a "supercop" DEA Agent from the dystopian wasteland of 2073, is sent back in time to the very distant land of Springfield, Illinois, in the far-away year of 2017. His mission: save the world from fire, brimstone, and destruction; the fallout of an apocalypse brought about by the legalization of marijuana. Tank runs into fierce political opposition and his plan is jeopardized by a mysterious lobbyist named Donsanto.
 
   
Blockbuster Jul 1 - Aug 19, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Blockbuster
 
"Blockbuster" is the story of four women from various backgrounds that are stuck slogging it out at an Elgin, IL Blockbuster during its introductory death throes in 2008. Their back-stories, perspectives, and ambitions are revealed through alternatively playful and biting discussions of movies and pop culture, volatile customer encounters, romantic interactions, and familial dust-ups.
 
   
RejecTED Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater RejecTED
 
Following a successful run at Under the Gun theater this past March and April, Under the Gun Theater welcomes back RejecTED Talks. Performances will center around a theme provided by the audience. Five to six experts in their field will present their insight related to the theme based off of power point slideshows they've never seen before. You might learn something stupid. Each performance is fully improvised.
 
   
Dating and Dragons Jul 1 - Aug 13, 2016  
Factory Theater Dating and Dragons
 
The prospect of slaying a dragon is not only less scary than the idea of winning the heart of a girl, but for Jack and his friends it's also just about as likely to happen. But in Dating and Dragons, against all odds, Jack -- who knows all the rules for games that involve swords, sorcery and the odd dungeon-dwelling beast or two -- has cast a spell on a real-life, flesh-and-blood girl named Diane. Now Jack is forced to cope with the fact that none of the same rules apply, and he has no clue how to win at the game of love. Join Jack and his friends on an amusing journey through the rules of romance in Dating and Dragons at The Factory Theater in Chicago.
 
   
The Cousin from Nowhere Jul 2 - Jul 17, 2016  
Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773 The Cousin from Nowhere
 
When a stranger appears out of "Nowhere" one moonlit night, all hell breaks loose in the Kuhbrot house! Don't miss this screwball comedy that has some of the best music you've never heard before! Featuring a 21-piece orchestra, The Cousin from Nowhere is pure summer fun!
 
   
Generation Gap Jul 5 - Aug 2, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Generation Gap
 
"Generation Gap" is the story of Cortney, a young southern-born urban burnout who wants nothing more than to be able to dictate what her life looks like. Her mother, Deborah, springs a surprise visit on Cortney to help her make the "right" life choices, and to inform her that Grandma Caroline is not doing well. Cortney feistily explores her own life and choices in comparison to her mother and grandmother's via a series of imagined flashbacks, each presented in a different genre indicative of the time period.
 
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream Jul 6 - Aug 14, 2016  
First Folio Theatre A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Noted as one of Shakespeare's strangest and most delightful creations, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM draws on Greek mythology and Shakespeare's imagination to tell a story of magic and the difficulties of love. The perfect show for families, come laugh at the antics of the mischievous Puck as this fantastical fairy turns the world upside-down for the quartet of lovers, and the crazed, ass-headed Bottom, driving them to wild antics in the forest, all in the beautiful outdoor environment of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate.
 
   
A Jewish Joke Jul 6 - Jul 31, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Jewish Joke
 
As relevant today as it was during the McCarthy Era...1950's Hollywood, at the height of the Communist Blacklist, when careers were ruined by a whisper...We meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz. Funny & lovable Bernie has made his way up the ladder by being a spineless Hollywood sellout. Now, the night before a big red carpet premiere that will make Bernie's career, he has been asked to name names, give up his friend, and give in to some anti-Semitic and racist slobs in Congress who go further than a "gentlemen's agreement" in keeping America lily-white. He has one day to decide if he will accede to government demands and save his skin, or protect his friend in the most serious decision of his life. One man's journey, through a historical reality and then into the depths of his own soul - that is at the heart of this multi-layered, compelling, and (given the demagoguery in politics today) very important play.
 
   
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.
 
   
Silence! The Musical Jul 7 - Aug 13, 2016  
Cornservatory Silence! The Musical
 
Clarice Starling is on the hunt for notorious woman-killer Buffalo Bill and Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter might have the answers she needs to crack the case. But this isn't the horrific thriller that's kept you awake at night...this is the wild and raunchy musical parody with a catchy score that is both a love letter to the film and to the art of musical theatre itself! Each of the film's famous lines gets their own show-stopping number like "Put the F*cking Lotion in the Basket," "Are you about a Size 14?" and "I'd F*ck Me." Silence! The Musical is lewd, crude, and makes The Book of Mormon look like children's theatre, so of course Corn Productions is bringing you the Chicago premiere!
 
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jul 8 - Aug 28, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
 
   
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.
 
   
Bite Jul 8 - Aug 14, 2016  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic Bite
 
An immersive pop-rock ode to Shakespeare, Bite retells one of the Bard's most beloved stories, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dubbed a "pucking queer cabaret," this fanciful evening explores the ideas of love and gender through a queer lens. Part of the Pride Films and Plays series, Bite puts a new spin on what happens on that fateful, magical night when four would-be lovers steal away into the enchanted woods. Expect plenty of music, dance and fairies of all kinds when this world premiere hits Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago.
 
   
Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer Jul 8 - Jul 29, 2016  
Cornservatory Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
 
Corn Productions has always been a huge fan of the greatest all-American pastime sport: improv drinking shows! This July, they are on-deck with a fully loaded night of comedy, as they present: Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. The line-up includes an All-Star team of players who will incorporate improv, sketch and musical comedy into the night, all while steadily sipping the infamous trio of liquors that made George Thorogood and John Lee Hooker break out their guitars. And as usual, Cornservatory is BYOB so you can bring your own team of booze to play along!
 
   
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.
 
   
GhostBustier: The Story of the Real Ghostbusty Jul 9 - Jul 23, 2016  
Gorilla Tango Theatre GhostBustier: The Story of the Real Ghostbusty
 
The all female reboot of the Ghostbusters film is quickly approaching, so join Gorilla Tango Theatre to celebrate the ladies that did it first, did it better, and did it BUSTIER! It's the story we all know and love of paranormal fighting scientists with a sexy spin that brings the classic comedy to the stage in the sensual style that Gorilla Tango Burlesque is known for. Watch as your four favorite fear-fighters shimmy their way to saving New York from a sexy Slimer, a curvaceous Stay Puft Marshmallow Woman, and a bevy of gorgeous ghosts. When there's trouble in your neighborhood, boob ya gonna call?
 
   
The Dead Boy Scout Musical Jul 9 - Sep 10, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre The Dead Boy Scout Musical
 
Going to Philmont Scout Ranch is every Boy Scout's dream. Dying, however, is not. Two troops embark on what's supposed to be a fun camping trip only to end up in the middle of a disastrous plane crash, facing danger at every turn. Created by a cast of eleven actual Eagle Scouts, "The Dead Boy Scout Musical" characters speak from real-life experience.
 
   
Spectacular!: A Fully Improvised Song and Dance Musical Jul 10 - Jul 24, 2016  
MCL Chicago Spectacular!: A Fully Improvised Song and Dance Musical
 
The Glitter Island Gang and J. Lindsay Brown Dance Company come together to bring Chicago theatergoers Spectacle Spectacular! A Fully Improvised Song and Dance Musical. A spontaneous suggestion from the audience will launch viewers into a world of song, glamour, drama, and dance. Unexpected heros, villians, dream ballets, fight scenes, and love duets are sure to surprise and delight.
 
   
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.
 
   
WOZ: A Rock Cabaret Jul 14 - Jul 17, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph WOZ: A Rock Cabaret
 
Most of us have memories of younger days spent pretending to be one of the iconic characters from The Wizard of Oz, battling menacing hordes of flying monkeys and singing catchy tunes about our missing brains, courage, hearts or homes. Well, now you can rock on down the yellow brick road with WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, and its cast of characters who refuse to grow up and quit playing make-believe. At this Stage 773 production, you'll hear power ballads and arena anthems that retell The Wizard of Oz in the style of '80s, '90s and today's pop music. It's like your favorite radio station ... only with witches, munchkins and magical journeys.
 
   
The Odd Couple Jul 14 - Aug 14, 2016  
Theatre At The Center The Odd Couple
 
One of Broadway's most successful comedies and an enduring audience favorite, The Odd Couple is set on the hot summer streets of 1965 New York. It follows the adventures of two mismatched roommates, Felix Unger, a neurotically neat and fussy news writer, and Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer. The men attempt to adapt to each other's idiosyncrasies, all the while trying to rekindle their social lives with side-splitting results.
 
   
Our Lady of 121st Street Jul 14 - Aug 21, 2016  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Our Lady of 121st Street
 
The Ortiz Funeral Home is in trouble - the body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room. Waiting for her proper return are some of New York City's most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. The rest of the crowd in this dark and insightful comedy inevitably square off, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean-perhaps for the first time.
 
   
The Portrait Jul 15 - Aug 14, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Portrait
 
An artist manifests what they have inside them, but society doesn't always understand or appreciate it at the time. Gustav Klimt, the famous Austrian painter of The Kiss, crafted a multitude of beloved and enigmatic works as he struggled to support his family in a world that did not yet recognize his genius. His commissioned paintings decorating the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. The Portrait finds Klimt vying for an attractive young woman and a sizable commission, forcing him toward a decision that could alter his life forever. Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center hosts the tale of a struggling visionary and the difficult decisions he'll make for life and art.
 
   
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.
 
   
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash Jul 21 - Aug 28, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
 
Gritty and authentic, few voices have personified America like the great Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire celebrates the music of The Man in Black throughout his legendary career, featuring over 30 songs including I've Been Everywhere, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and many more. Decades of incredible songs performed by a multi-talented ensemble sweep us through the musical journey of Johnny's life, including Gospel, Folk, Country and Rock along with incredible duets with his soul mate, June Carter. See Johnny Cash's musical legacy come to life in this rollicking, foot-stomping production of Ring of Fire.
 
   
Thrones! The Musical Parody Jul 21 - Aug 21, 2016  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
 
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.
 
   
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.
 
   
History of Comedy Jul 23 - Aug 27, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre History of Comedy
 
Mankind has been laughing since the dawn of time, but why? What's so funny? And why don't they let us in on the joke? Three men have the bravery, the intelligence, and the copious amount of spare time necessary to explain it all to you. Join our intrepid team as they explore what makes us laugh, why it makes us laugh, and just what the heck is so funny about the New Yorker cartoons. From slapstick to sarcasm, from wordplay to whoopee cushions, take this highly unscientific survey of comedy throughout the centuries.
 
   
C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert Jul 23 - Aug 14, 2016  
Mercury Theater C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
 
C.S. Lewis is among the most important writers of his generation, and in the new one-man play C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, you can witness his storied transition from atheism to Christianity. The fascinating journey, adapted from Lewis' own thoughts and writings on the experience, is brought to life by actor Max McLean, who portrays the Chronicles of Narnia writer as he endures the death of his mother, works through his complicated relationship with his father and walks the path that led him from being a devout atheist to becoming the most influential Christian intellectual of his day. Brimming with wit and insight, C.S. Lewis Onstage brings to life one of the past century's most engaging personalities onstage at Chicago's Mercury Theater.
 
   
The Taming of the Shrew Jul 23 - Aug 27, 2016  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Taming of the Shrew
 
One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair who've met their ultimate match in one another. The comedy kicks off with a wealthy Italian merchant decreeing that the younger of his two daughters cannot be wed before her ill-tempered, less popular sister is married. The problem is that no man in Padua is willing to propose to the sharp-tongued Katherine. That is, until the fortune-hunting Petruchio, newly arrived from Verona, agrees to woo and wed Katherine (for a sizable dowry, of course). What follows is a classic battle of the sexes that sends sparks flying. Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars with this production at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Promise of a Rose Garden Jul 30 - Sep 10, 2016  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater The Promise of a Rose Garden
 
The Promise of a Rose Garden explores the far-reaching effects of war and what it means to be a soldier. Captain Rockford, one of the first 3 women to pass the US Marine Infantry Officer Course, is instructing a new group of women hoping to become infantry officers themselves. She is being visited by angels who speak in riddles. She may be losing her mind...
 
   
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."
 
   
Mother (and Me) Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mother (and Me)
 
Charming, irascible performer and comedian Melinda Buckley digs deep into her relationship with her larger-than-life Hungarian mother in her acclaimed solo show Mother (and Me). A veteran of Broadway shows such as A Chorus Line, Buckley explores what happens as her mother slips into dementia at the same time her daughter is slipping into "de'middle age." Funny and touching, Mother (and Me) ultimately asks, who is life harder for? The one who can't remember, or the one who can't forget? See this 2014 New York International Fringe Festival award-winner as it comes to Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
The Anton Chekhov Book Club Aug 5 - Sep 23, 2016  
Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Anton Chekhov was the Superman of short story writers -- his X-ray vision could see the epic yearning hidden underneath every human endeavor. This piercing perspective is also shared by The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns, a lively and humane stage play inspired by the works of the Russian master. In this sequel to the hit The Anton Chekhov Book Club, we meet four eccentric women brought together by their love of Chekhov's timeless short stories. But in the process of exploring his works, the quartet learns valuable lessons about their own lives. Enjoy new faces and fresh stories featured in this bold update at Stage 773.
 
   
Bloodshot Aug 10 - Sep 10, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Bloodshot
 
Set in 1957 London, the suspenseful mystery Bloodshot follows a photographer with a drinking problem, who's been hired to follow and snap pictures of a beautiful showgirl by an unknown benefactor. But after witnessing her murder, his focus shifts to finding her killer, leading him to a backstreet nightclub where he finds a labyrinth of suspects, among them a magician, a comic and a musician. Award-winning Chicago playwright Douglas Post penned this one-man show, an acting tour de force, now coming to the Greenhouse Theater.
 
   
The Good Person of Szechwan Aug 11 - Sep 11, 2016  
Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre The Good Person of Szechwan
 
In The Good Person of Szechwan, three gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a kind and generous prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin, Shui Ta, arrives to protect her. Who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?
 
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths Aug 12 - Sep 10, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring live music from Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow, Chad as Mr. Gerald, bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars, and singing bathhouse boys in strategically placed towels (TJ Crawford and Will Wilhelm), this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette's inimitable style.
 
   
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.
 
   
Thrust! Aug 19 - Aug 28, 2016  
Tapman Productions at Stage 773 Thrust!
 
THRUST! is a one of a kind double feature of tap and modern dance showcasing the work of long-time Tapman collaborators Tristan Bruns (tap) and Kate O'Hanlon (modern) and special guest choreographer Ian Berg (tap). The pieces performed are created specifically for this thrust (three-sided) stage with elaborate props and set design, original music by Trainwreck Symphony and composer Carolyn O'Brien, and new arrangements of popular music.
 
   
Rose Aug 19 - Sep 25, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Rose
 
An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   
Next To Normal Aug 20 - Oct 9, 2016  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Next To Normal
 
From the outside, The Goodmans seem to be a normal, average American family. But for the past 16 years, perfect suburban mom Diana Goodman has been struggling with family trauma, bipolar disorder, and hallucinations. The strain of keeping this locked up tight within the family now threatens to tear them apart. Because the harder the family tries to be "normal", the farther they move from being true to themselves.
 
   
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.
 
   
Kinky Boots Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2016  
Ford Oriental 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.
 
   
Smokey Joe's Cafe Sep 1 - Oct 23, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Smokey Joe's Cafe
 
The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is finally making its Drury Lane debut this season. Showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is guaranteed to keep you humming old favorites all night long. Winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" features jukebox hits such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Stand By Me."
 
   
The Black Slot Sep 1 - Oct 2, 2016  
AstonRep at Raven Theatre The Black Slot
 
Beth, a dramaturg at a regional theatre company, spends her waking hours reading new scripts in the hopes of finding "the one" that will please her boss Pam. Enter Tim, a young African American playwright, whose work is miles beyond anything else she has read so far. But when Tim's hot new play is rejected in favor of producing legendary playwright August Wilson in the theater's "black slot," Tim and Beth hatch a plan to reveal the racism and hypocrisy of the American theater. Things quickly get out of hand in this behind-the-scenes satire that skewers and challenges the politics of the business we call show.
 
   
Amour Sep 2 - Oct 8, 2016  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Amour
 
Adapted from the short story "Le Passe-Muraille" by beloved French author Marcel Ayme, AMOUR tells the story of Dusoleil, a shy clerk working in a dreary office in post-World War II Paris. One day he discovers he has the ability to walk through walls, and embraces a life of romance and adventure. With music by multiple Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Michel Legrand and adapted into English by Jeremy Sams from the French Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert, AMOUR was nominated for multiple Tony awards when it played on Broadway in 2002.
 
   
Naperville Sep 6 - Oct 16, 2016  
Theater Wit Naperville
 
That idyllic suburb is none other than west suburban Naperville, where Howard is considering abandoning his career in Seattle to move back home to care for his mother Candice after an accident has left her blind. At the Caribou Coffee in downtown Naperville, Howard and Candice cross paths with Anne, Howard's high school classmate and an expert on the suburb's founder, Captain Joseph Naper.
 
   
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.
 
   
Life Sucks Sep 9 - Nov 6, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Life Sucks
 
A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life's thorniest questions-and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that Life Sucks! Or does it?
 
   
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!
 
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding Sep 22 - Dec 31, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
 
   
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.
 
   
Fly by Night Sep 23 - Nov 6, 2016  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Fly by Night
 
Fly by Night, produced by New York City's Playwrights Horizons in 2014, is a darkly comic rock fable that tells the tale of a melancholy sandwich maker and his humdrum life, which is intersected by two entrancing sisters. The musical is set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, and unfolds a story about making your way and discovering hope in the world beset with darkness. This original musical was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The New York Post said "Fly by Night will enchant audiences...Romance doesn't come any sweeter than it does in this winsome love triangle set around the time of the 1965 New York blackout. The score is charming and catchy. Its unabashed emotionalism could turn it into more than a hit. It could turn it into a cult phenomenon." Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will direct, with resident Music Director Jeremy Ramey providing the music direction.
 
   
Hamilton Sep 27 - Mar 19, 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.
 
   
The Room Sep 29 - Nov 13, 2016  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
 
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
 
   
Bobbie Clearly Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Steep Theatre Bobbie Clearly
 
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
 
   
Skooby Don't Sep 29 - Nov 4, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
 
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
 
   
A Walk In The Woods Sep 30 - Oct 23, 2016  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Den Theatre A Walk In The Woods
 
This Tony-nominated play follows one year of tumultuous arms negotiations between a young, hopeful American diplomat and a worldly Russian official who's seen it all before. Directed by Artistic Director Patrick Belics (Spartan productions of The Pillowman and Closer,) this show makes use of an unorthodox narrative structure to simultaneously illustrate the cold and impersonal nature of modern politics while putting a deeply human face on those who spend countless hours at the negotiation table.
 
   
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.
 
   
Saturn Returns Oct 13 - Nov 19, 2016  
Neo-Futurists Saturn Returns
 
Neo-­‐Lab's inaugural commission during the 2015-­‐16 Season, Saturn Returns is a two-­‐year Neo-­‐Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love.
 
   
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.
 
   
Graeme Of Thrones Oct 25 - Nov 13, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Graeme Of Thrones
 
In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London's West End, avid 'Thrones' fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn't quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he's sure George RR Martin would approve - and that's what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong...
 
   
Fun Home Nov 2 - Nov 13, 2016  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) Fun Home
 
One of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family - her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father - that connect with her in surprising new ways. Chicago Tribune raves "Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse that never lets you out of its embrace for a moment." The New York Times exclaims "The best new musical to open this season. A rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up, and will never be able to leave. WE'RE HOME."
 
   
Annie Nov 9 - Nov 13, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
 
   
Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley Nov 10 - Dec 18, 2016  
Northlight Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley
 
In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
 
   
The Fundamentals Nov 10 - Dec 23, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Fundamentals
 
Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York's premiere luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue collar life, Millie must decide how much, and who, she's willing to sacrifice to secure her family's future. A funny and scathing look at America's corporate culture, The Fundamentals examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.
 
   
Electra Nov 10 - Dec 11, 2016  
Court Theatre Electra
 
Proclaiming justice, Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus murdered her husband, Agamemnon, after his triumphant return from the Trojan War. Now, many long, quiet years have passed and she cannot anticipate the judgments that will soon arrive in Argos. Her vengeful daughter Electra and son Orestes reunite and scheme to confront their mother-upholding the House of Atreus' eternal mission to balance the scales, they seek to reclaim their father's throne.
 
   
Roz and Ray Nov 11 - Dec 11, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Roz and Ray
 
In 1976, Ray, a newly single parent of twin hemophiliac boys, has only one goal: keep his sons alive. His days are filled with endless trips to the hospital, rigorous testing, and frequent blood transfusions. This all changes when Ray meets Roz, an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle drug. Roz appears to be Ray's savior until the miracle turns into a nightmare. Roz and Ray tells the profound story of love, trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness between two friends. Victory Gardens Theater's Artistic Director Chay Yew (The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Death and the Maiden) pairs with playwright Karen Hartman to unearth a tragic and little-known event in medical history.
 
   
Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes Nov 12 - Jan 8, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes
 
Adapted from Pauline Viardot-García's 1904 opera Cendrillon and many of her other compositions, Andra Velis Simon's musical-play is an elegantly irreverent exploration of the classic fairy tale. Here, Cinderella's version of happily-ever-after does not include acceptance by the Prince. In the actor-as-orchestra style of The Hypocrites' Gilbert & Sullivan opera work, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this fun holiday-time show, perfect for the whole family.
 
   
Stomp Nov 16 - Jan 8, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
 
   
Give It All Back Nov 20 - Dec 18, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Give It All Back
 
In a swank French hotel room in the mid-1960s, an artist hides out from a world that's turned on him. As a cavalcade of familiar faces tries to break down his door, he smokes, talks, drinks and tries not to think about acoustic versus electric. But when a prime career opportunity lands on the table, he has to decide which version of himself he wants to be, and how to keep the past from bubbling up beneath him. Calamity West delivers a hilariously sardonic examination of how you hold on to your art when everyone else thinks that it's theirs.
 
   
Finding Neverland Nov 22 - Dec 4, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Finding Neverland
 
FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart" (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).
 
   
Disney's The Little Mermaid Nov 23 - Jan 8, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
Ariel lives 20,000 leagues under the sea with her royal family and father, King Triton. Despite the beauty of her aqua surroundings, the young mermaid only dreams of what lies above. During one of her top-side expeditions with her loyal companions - Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull - the turbulent waters cause some precious cargo, Prince Eric, to be tossed into sea. Ariel swims to his rescue and gets the Prince to safety. When he awakens, he has no recollection of how he got ashore. Determined to risk it all for her chance at true happiness, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch. She uses her black magic to transform the love-struck princess into a human. But Ariel has only three days to get her true love to kiss her. As part of the deal, while on land, Ariel will not have the ability to make a sound. If she fails at her quest, her soul and her beautiful voice become the property of Ursula.
 
   
Spymonkey's The Complete Death's Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Spymonkey's The Complete Death's
 
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare-75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra. And then there's the pie that Titus serves his guests. Spymonkey will perform them all-sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, but always hysterically. The four "seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns" (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them. Directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths is a solemn, somber and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
 
   
The Christians Dec 1 - Jan 29, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.
 
   
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Dec 6 - Dec 24, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
 
Hailed as "One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
 
   
The Hunter And The Bear Dec 7 - Jan 22, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Hunter And The Bear
 
The critically-acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT's 2013 smash-hit production of The Old Man and The Old Moon, brings their considerable talents to this original tale. The Hunter and The Bear tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats.
 
   
Honky Tonk Angels Dec 9 - Jan 29, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Honky Tonk Angels
 
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley's Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the score includes 30 classic country songs including "Stand by Your Man," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and "Harper Valley PTA." BroadwayWorld called it "a charming, foot-stompin' musical" with "a hilarious story."
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Winter's Tale
 
In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Writing The Winter's Tale after completing his great tragedies, this is a new Shakespeare. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we move across Europe-from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy-in a story that spans fourteen years. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.
 
   
Men On Boats Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
American Theater Company Men On Boats
 
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government's first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb and returning to Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis' first production as ATC's artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men On Boats takes back 1869.
 
   
Blues for an Alabama Sky Jan 12 - Feb 12, 2017  
Court Theatre Blues for an Alabama Sky
 
In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York's Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities. Angel and Guy, emerging artists with grand dreams, live next door to the more serious and political Delia, a social worker with the goal to open a community family planning clinic. Each must face their own hardships head on, but always with hope for a better life close at hand. They search for a way to keep their dreams of love, career, and service alive in times of economic despair, and they learn that the Great Depression can't destroy the source of their creative spirit.
 
   
Wit Jan 20 - Mar 12, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Wit
 
During her final hours, Dr. Vivian Bearing, recounts her battle with cancer and struggles to accept her approaching end. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Margaret Edson's play is a haunting tale of loss and meditation on life. In 2015, The Hypocrites were not alone in losing many beloved collaborators and friends, most of whom were taken by illness. This production of Wit will be our exploration of the complicated feelings that seized us all and an homage to those we lost.
 
   
Faceless Jan 26 - Mar 5, 2017  
Northlight Theatre Faceless
 
Eighteen-year-old Susie Glenn is on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Suffering from the weight of her mother's recent death, Susie may be a scared teen searching for answers - or she might be a threat to national security. With a female Muslim lawyer as the face of the prosecution, perspectives shift from one moment to the next. Morals, motives and matters of faith all come into question in this riveting and timely drama from a thrilling new voice in theatre.
 
   
The Nether Jan 26 - Mar 12, 2017  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Nether
 
A young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, triggering an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination and the most basic of human desires. The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion; a beautifulescape that ultimately begs some very serious questions about responsibility, connectivity and love.
 
   
Earthquakes in London Jan 26 - Mar 4, 2017  
Steep Theatre Earthquakes in London
 
As global destruction approaches, the lives of a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters come crashing, unexpectedly back together. The wildly epic Earthquakes in London embodies the chaos of today's society, while reminding us that our very survival may depend on our connections to our families, to our communities, and to our shared world.
 
   
The Bodyguard Jan 31 - Feb 12, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Bodyguard
 
The award-winning musical based on the smash hit film, starring Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time - I Will Always Love You. Based on Lawrence Kasdan's Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London's West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.
 
   
Straight White Men Feb 2 - Mar 19, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Straight White Men
 
As Ed, a widower, prepares to celebrate Christmas, he calls his three grown sons back to the family home. Games are played, Chinese food is ordered, and brotherly pranks and trashtalk distract them from the ongoing issue that threatens to ruin the festivities: when personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Playwright/ Director Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.
 
   
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Feb 8 - Mar 19, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
It's just another day in 19th Century England, and Benjamin Barker has returned home. The only thing is, it's been 15 years since the once fresh-faced barber has seen his family. He was unjustly sentenced to prison on trumped up charges by the corrupt Judge Turpin, who had his leering eyes on the barber's beautiful wife. Upon his arrival to the pie shop - where he and his family once lived above - his old friend and confidant Mrs. Lovett unravels the events of the past decade. She explains about the seduction of his wife by the Judge, which led her to take her own life. And to sharpen that pain of his loss, she breaks the news that the Judge adopted his daughter and is raising her as his own. Barker vows revenge for these atrocities and turns to the tools and skills with which he'll exact his plan: a razor and a barber chair. While the ensuing events are unfortunate for some, others - including Mrs. Lovett, her struggling pie shop and her customers - quickly prosper from the body count.
 
   
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2017  
Chicago Theatre PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue
 
It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! For the mission, Ryder summons Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rubble, Rocky, and the newest pup, Everest. Their mission is to rescue Mayor Goodway and help her to finish the race. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.
 
   
Monster Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2017  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre Monster
 
This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker in juvenile detention. His life has been turned upside down by his alleged participation in a robbery gone awry and now he might spend the rest of his life behind bars. As the prosecution makes its case, Steve writes his story as a screenplay, trying to understand if he's really the monster they say he is.
 
   
The House Of Martin Guerre Feb 18 - Apr 2, 2017  
The Hypocrites at Stage 773 The House Of Martin Guerre
 
In the remote village of Artigat, an arranged marriage is taking place between underage Bertrande and Martin Guerre. Unhappy with his quiet life and fertile wife, Martin leaves to explore new worlds across the ocean. When he returns years later, a changed man, he is accepted by some but accused and taken to trial for being an imposter by others. Will the real Martin Guerre please stand up?
 
   
The Scene Feb 22 - Apr 2, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Scene
 
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.
 
   
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hedwig And The Angry Inch
 
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is "groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time" (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Chicago by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is "the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!"
 
   
The Hard Problem Mar 9 - Apr 9, 2017  
Court Theatre The Hard Problem
 
Court Theatre is proud to bring award-winning and renowned playwright Tom Stoppard's highly-anticipated new play to Chicago. His new work introduces Hilary, a young psychologist working at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. She struggles to bear the burden of her regrets as she works through a troubling issue in her research. Where does our biology end and our personhood begin? If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Will the computer someday answer all questions psychology can ask? This "hard problem" sets Hilary at odds with her colleagues, but she prays for a miracle to lead her to the solutions.
 
   
The Most Happy Fella Mar 10 - May 7, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe The Most Happy Fella
 
Following the success of his 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted the 1924 play They Knew What They Wanted into one of the most-song-filled musicals ever written. The Most Happy Fella tells Howard's story of Tony Esposito, an older Italian immigrant and wine grower in California's Napa Valley, through over 40 songs that are Broadway show tunes in their structure but melodious and plentiful enough to fill an opera. Loesser's score is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers.
 
   
truth and reconciliation Mar 12 - Apr 16, 2017  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph truth and reconciliation
 
South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia and Zimbabwe. Five devastating conflicts, thirty years, one room and one burning question: can reconciliation be found when the reluctant truth is finally spoken? Twenty-two actors bring debbie tucker green's sixty-minute unblinking exploration of loss to life. Stories from across the world weave together in a search for justice, as victims and perpetrators alike struggle for meaning in the aftermath of crime.
 
   
By The Water Mar 16 - Apr 23, 2017  
Northlight Theatre By The Water
 
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple's beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys' sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.
 
   
We're Gonna Be Okay Mar 17 - Apr 23, 2017  
American Theater Company We're Gonna Be Okay
 
Mag has a horse inside her, the spirit of a horse anyway. It's the Cuban Missile Crisis, and President Kennedy said that "...the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing" so Efran and Leena and Mag and Sul are thinking about doing something big. Two families wrestle with macrame, female empowerment and a shared property line in Basil Kreimendahl's We're Gonna Be Okay. Bonnie Metzgar directs this world premiere play first workshopped through ATC's partnership with The Araca Group (Disgraced).
 
   
Las Meninas Mar 24 - May 21, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Las Meninas
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's beautiful, rarely-performed memory play recounts a taboo romance in the court of the Sun King Louis XIV. Nabo, an African dwarf, is delivered as a gift to the Queen Marie-Therese, and the two find a deep and unlikely connection mostly erased from history books. On the eve of her wedding, a novice nun, Louise Marie-Therese, narrates this story shadowed in gossip, intrigue, and faith.
 
   
Linda Vista Mar 30 - May 21, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Linda Vista
 
Wheeler is 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex-complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler is a modern misanthrope who must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
 
   
The Mystery Of Love and Sex Apr 5 - Jul 9, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Mystery Of Love and Sex
 
Charlotte and Jonny have grown up together, and are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what "more" actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both-and to Charlotte's parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling story of intricate relationships is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.
 
   
The? Unicorn? Hour? Apr 6 - May 13, 2017  
Neo-Futurists The? Unicorn? Hour?
 
In a world where hate and anger prevail. Where lines between the dark and light can be broken, where night lights are needed to sleep. Where closet doors are shut. Where monsters lurk under the bed. In a world of death and destruction, one creature, and one creature alone can bring joy and adventure. One creature can light the dark corners and glow in the deepest of fogs. One creature, whose single horn can heal sickness and cure disease, whose majestic body glides through the woods, uncaught, spreading laughter to all who seek him. One creature who will save the world. One hour? at a time. Come and see what it is to fight against the no, to find your inner rumpus, to remove the film and seek the beauty that is saying yes to an unbridled lifting of spirit.
 
   
Aladdin Apr 11 - Jul 2, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Aladdin
 
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
 
   
Queen Apr 14 - May 14, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Queen
 
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 19 - May 28, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is not just the story of the last seven days of the greatest idol in history. It's the story of the close friend who tried to save him and why that friend eventually betrayed him. This is a story of love and fear, a story of kindness and greed, a story of expectations and what happens when those expectations are not met. This is an energized rock opera that delves into the internal struggles of those mortals, those humans - including Jesus himself - as they drew closer to one of the most pivotal moments in history. It's an emotionally-charged journey in which, in the end, each person discovers something about themselves when the stakes are at their highest.
 
   
3C Apr 20 - Jun 4, 2017  
A Red Orchid Theatre 3C
 
Inspired by 70'S sitcoms and the political incorrectness of "jiggle television," 3C is a hilarious and horrifying look at identity and what lies beneath the perky veneer. Brad lands in L.A. to start a new life. A wild night of partying finds him passed out in Connie and Linda's kitchen and the three strike a deal that raises the suspicions of the landlords. Complications spiral out of control, taking the show from farce to something...unexpected.
 
   
Hookman Apr 20 - May 27, 2017  
Steep Theatre Hookman
 
Who hasn't heard the urban legend about the Hookman? Lexi's mother certainly warned her about him, and now, after a tragic accident, Lexi begins seeing him everywhere. Hookman is a lethally sharp slasher comedy about death, growing up, what it means to be a woman, and the ever-present threat of being murdered by a man with a hook for a hand.
 
   
Relativity May 11 - Jun 18, 2017  
Northlight Theatre Relativity
 
In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Forty years later, a reporter interviews Einstein about this mysterious piece of his past, revealing shocking secrets about his family and his personal life. While the reporter questions Einstein on his theory of relativity and his decisions, she also poses a query of her own: to be a great man, does one first need to be a good man?
 
   
Harvey May 11 - Jun 11, 2017  
Court Theatre Harvey
 
Elwood P. Dowd is a pleasant man with a unique friend, Harvey-who happens to be an invisible, six-foot, three-inch tall rabbit. Elwood embraces Harvey in his life and introduces him to everyone he meets, thoroughly embarrassing his social-climbing sister, Veta. Questioning his sanity, she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium, but nothing goes quite according to plan. The search is on for the mild-mannered Elwood and his unseen companion.
 
   
Picnic May 19 - Jun 25, 2017  
American Theater Company Picnic
 
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, ATC Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one's own desire.
 
   
Parade May 24 - Jul 9, 2017  
Writers Theatre Parade
 
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative and daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïvete coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
 
   
Pass Over May 25 - Jul 2, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Pass Over
 
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner-talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
 
   
Native Gardens Jun 2 - Jul 2, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Native Gardens
 
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn't be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.
 
   
Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night Jun 15 - Aug 6, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night
 
The last show of the season will be a remounting of Theo Ubique's highly acclaimed original musical revue, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, which was nominated for the 2008-2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical. Following the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam, we witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of the Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Songs include "Amsterdam," "Don't Go Away," "Alone," "Rosa" and many more.
 
   
Hir Jun 29 - Aug 20, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Hir
 
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender son; and Isaac, Max's PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir's crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old.
 
   
Lela and Co. Jul 13 - Aug 19, 2017  
Steep Theatre Lela and Co.
 
Instinct, tenacity, biting humor, and trust in the future keep Lela alive as her world closes in around her. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. is an eerily funny and enthralling story about the horrifying enterprise of war and a girl who may or may not have eaten some frosting.
 
   
The Food Show Jul 27 - Sep 2, 2017  
Neo-Futurists The Food Show
 
The Food Show asks what it means to change a family recipe. Created by Kerr-­‐Hobert and his cousin Caitlin Stainken, a Neo-­‐Futurist alum, the performance explores how food brings us together and sets us apart, amidst a backdrop of their family's culinary inheritance and an ensemble of six writer-­‐performers' own stories. Using the structure of a nine-­‐course fine Italian meal, The Food Show honors the traditions of our past and acknowledges our impact on the environment as each generation decides what parts to keep and what parts to throw away. Farmers, restaurateurs, writers, musicians, and audiences come together to experience the common thread of food and memory in American culture.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.