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Bright Half Life May 26 - Jul 1, 2017  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Bright Half Life
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Play, BRIGHT HALF LIFE charts the complexity of commitment, relationships, and marriage as it follows the ups and downs of a modern lesbian couple. Their story is told through a series of fast-moving, fragmented memories - from elevator rides as strangers to steamy workplace romances to heartache to building a family.
26 May 26 - Jul 14, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena 26
Pride Arts Center kicks off its new late-night programming with 26, featuring sketches written by members of the Chicago theater, sketch and improv communities. Inspired by the ABC's of Death horror anthology, the sketches in 26 each represent a different letter of the alphabet. A cast of eight will run from A through Z, spanning the gamut of comedy, drama, surrealism, performance art and absurdism. See the works Sean Graney, David Cerda, Susan Messing and more come to life in the intimate setting of The Buena.
Ragtime May 27 - Jul 16, 2017  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Ragtime
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson-part family saga, this stirring musical asks us think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.
Whore May 31 - Jun 4, 2017  
800-737-0984 at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Whore
David Pevsner, an out gay actor and Skokie native who has appeared in New York productions of When Pigs Fly and Party, contributed songs to Naked Boys Singing, and performed an autobiographical one-man show called To Bitter and Back at Bailiwick Repertory in 2002.
Pass Over Jun 1 - Jul 9, 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.
Naked Lunch: The Musical Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2017  
St. Bonaventure Church Naked Lunch: The Musical
Looking back on the Naked Lunch trials, which featured testimony from an assortment of colorful characters ranging from sheltered librarians and New England society matrons to "beat generation" writers like Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and Jack Kerouac, he saw a way to tell the story of this precedent-setting case through musical theater. In June of 2015, he and his musician friend and Yale classmate Damon Baker decided to collaborate on a musical comedy dramatizing and musicalizing the novel's initial obscenity trial in Boston Superior Court (a decision that was later reversed in favor of publication by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court). Baker's score and Hannay's lyrics set the testimony of the witnesses to an original score of 12 songs in musical genres ranging from 1950's jazz to Gilbert and Sullivan-like operetta and patter songs.
Make America Gay Again Jun 1 - Jun 29, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Make America Gay Again
Chicago's Under the Gun Theater invites you to embark on a pride-filled comedic journey through the United States of America as gender is thrown out of the window, microaggressions get ridiculed in the bright beam of the spotlight and gay myths are debunked ... and sometimes confirmed. Make America Gay Again, an LGBTQA+ sketch-travaganza, features a new LGBTQA+ solo opener each night, as well as a series of sketches and improv comedy from a talented cast of performers.
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.
Gidion's Knot Jun 2 - Jul 2, 2017  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Gidion's Knot
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother's son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely -- or he may have been the abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
Save Ferris Jun 2 - Jul 7, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Save Ferris
He was the coolest kid in high school -- even when he took the day off his name was on everyone's lips -- but the 30 years since then have not been kind to Ferris Bueller. After all, skirting responsibility isn't quite as charming when you're a middle-aged man. Now he's divorced, broke, friendless and estranged from his teenage daughter, Reagan. Save Ferris follows his desperate attempt to reconnect with Reagan by taking her on a magical journey through Chicago that mirrors the unforgettable day off that secured his since-faded legend three decades ago. Catch this original comedy -- inspired by the iconic characters of John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
Candide Jun 3 - Jun 11, 2017  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Candide
Set to the superb music of American master Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, On the Waterfront) and the inventive lyrics of Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), Candide invites you on a madcap odyssey around the world. This Music Theater Works production of the classic operetta, originally adapted from Voltaire's famed novel, finds the naïve titular hero setting off to find his one true love, the beautiful Cunegonde, while enduring a series of comic misadventures that take him through wars, plagues, pirates, swindlers and even the Spanish Inquisition. Along the journey you'll be treated to renditions of such memorable tunes as "Glitter and Be Gay," "Make Our Garden Grow" and "The Best of All Possible Worlds," with accompaniment from a 24-piece orchestra. Catch Candide at the Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.
The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Show Jun 3 - Jul 29, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Show
The House Cup lets both cast and audience live their deep-seeded dream of earning points for their true Hogwarts House. Each night, four Harry Potter experts and each audience member will be sorted by house, then asked to test his/her Harry Potter knowledge through trivia, debates, and physical challenges. Did we mention this is a drinking competition? The winner of each round will earn points for his/her house and the losers, they drink. (So really, everybody wins.)
Beds Jun 4 - Jun 16, 2017  
800-737-0984 at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Beds
The double-bill BEDS, directed by David Zak, includes Jerker, a two-character play by Robert Chesley, that premiered in 1986 in Los Angeles and 2 Boys In A Bed On A Cold Winter Night by James Edwin Parker (1995).
Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight Jun 6 - Jul 16, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
La Marquise du Châtelet was a woman born in the wrong era. A brilliant mathematician and physicist, she was the toast of the Enlightenment. Nevertheless, she's not a very well known historical figure. Voltaire got it right when he said du Châtelet was "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." Now Lauren Gunderson's play Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight resurrects this fascinating personality. Emilie finds herself back in the world of the living, patting her body in surprise and wondering at the reason for her return. She soon becomes desperate to find out whether her challenge to one of Isaac Newton's equations was correct. "I died thinking: Was I right?" she explains. "Shortly followed by: Was I loved? Shortly followed by: Does either one really matter in the end?" This smart, surprising and sexy portrait of a true genius is onstage at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
Moby Dick Jun 7 - Sep 3, 2017  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
King Ubu Jun 8 - Jul 14, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center King Ubu
When it premiered in 1896, Alfred Jarry's outrageous parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth was a blast of rude nihilism onto the French theater scene, sticking its tongue out at politics, war and theater orthodoxy. It went on to influence great writers and artists, such as Apollinaire, Artaud and Breton, and led to Surrealism, Dada, the Situationists and even punk rock. Featuring lowbrow humor and ludicrous language, King Ubu points out society's failures and injustices and warns about civilization's susceptibility to subversion and collapse through the gluttonous and brutal character of Papa Ubu, who murders the royal family of an immaterial Poland in order to ascend to the throne. Catch this raucous staging of the frighteningly familiar work at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
Put The Nuns In Charge Jun 9 - Jul 16, 2017  
Royal George Theatre Put The Nuns In Charge
Part of a new Vatican outreach program, Mother Superior was tapped because she knows a thing or two about sin. And sinners. First asked to teach her class in our nation's capital, she opted for Chicago instead. "Too many sinners in D.C.," she was overheard saying. "There's plenty to keep me busy here!"

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