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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.
 
   
1776 Sep 1 - Sep 17, 2016  
E.D.G.E Theatre at Mary's Attic 1776
 
If the musical history of Hamilton has peeked your interest, then this Tony-winning revolutionary drama is sure to captivate you as well. The musical 1776 comes to Chicago to take you behind the scenes of the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence, as John Adams tried to persuade his fellow forefathers to vote for freedom from British rule. Also making appearances are colonial superstars like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock, along with a variety of crabby drunks, befuddled secretaries and assorted sycophants who populate the proceedings as well. This much-beloved show stirs romance, comedy and conflict into a musical melting pot in Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
 
   
SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs Sep 1 - Oct 1, 2016  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Playground Theater SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs
 
From the creators of The State and Wet Hot American Summer, comes a musical tale of love, loss, and the battle between righteousness and wieners. Jack Greenberg is the new sheriff of Teaneck, New Jersey. Unfortunately, the corrupt town is run by Tad Theaterman, a crime boss armed with henchmen and a legion of hookers and gigolos. The Mayor and townsfolk fear Tad, but love the money the sinful brothels bring in! When Jack meets Hillary, a recent divorcee, it's love at first sight, but there's a showdown that's closin' in on our hero!! Will Jack save Teaneck, get the girl, and defeat Tad? Or will the wieners and boobs prevail?!
 
   
Bender Sep 1 - Sep 11, 2016  
Three Brothers Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Bender
 
Crashing through the partitions separating love, marriage and sex, Bender is the kind of rip-roaring, taboo-smashing fun that is usually followed by a hangover and apologetic phone calls. But now you can enjoy all the thrills with none of the guilt (and exactly zero walks of shame) thanks to this inventive new play from Josh Beadle. Protagonists Vic and Chels are a newly married couple forced into a double date with their neighbors Jack and Jackie. One wrinkle: Jack and Jackie happen to be polyamorous and are interested in inviting Chels into their relationship ... but only Chels. One part absurd comedy and one part meditation on relationships, Bender takes audiences on a wild spree at Heartland Studio.
 
   
The Magic Parlour Sep 2 - Nov 26, 2016  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
 
   
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.
 
   
I Do Today Sep 2 - Oct 9, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center I Do Today
 
Failed relationships, former lovers and half-eaten wedding cake clutters the mind of one Jewish woman determined to track the trajectory of love and loss in her life thus far. As the play builds a constantly confounding and quickly changing family tree of many marriages (and even more divorces), it poses questions about how modern marriage fits in with potentially outdated ideals. Bisexuality, Kabbalah and baby teeth dangle from the many branches of this thoughtful play, exploring how we might use our inheritances to reimagine what's possible. Say I Do Today at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center
 
   
A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch Sep 2 - Oct 23, 2016  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch
 
Charlotte, a young orphan, has made a home for herself thieving on the streets of London. She soon falls into employment as the assistant to an eccentric Italian puppeteer, Pietro. A master of the violent Punch and Judy puppet show, Pietro becomes a reluctant mentor to Charlotte. She is inspired and charmed by his bold, cheeky, and witty creations. The two become an efficient pair under Pietro's gruff and focused attention. As their partnership flourishes, Charlotte's vivid imagination calls the puppets to life to conjure her own versions of the classic tales. But Pietro may not let his protege cut the strings easily. Reality blurs as live actors, hand puppets, shadow puppetry and marionettes share the stage to illustrate a dark reality of imperfect adults, corrupt authority, class discrepancy, and violence.
 
   
The Heidi Chronicles Sep 2 - Oct 8, 2016  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Prop Theatre The Heidi Chronicles
 
Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles is a poignant and poetic story about the Baby Boomer generation coming of age. Its iconic hero, Heidi Holland, is typical of many women born in the post-World War II era: She's intelligent, well educated and attempting to make it and have it all in a society that favors men. She watches her circle of friends move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism and conservatism that they originally sought to reject. Heidi slowly comes to realize that liberation can be achieved through being true to oneself. Follow along on her path to the truth at Chicago's Prop Thtr courtesy of The Cuckoo's Theater Project.
 
   
First Time or Fan Sep 3 - Sep 24, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater First Time or Fan
 
A funny and fast-paced fusion of musical theater and improv comedy, First Time or Fan presents a different show each and every week. Performed in two acts, the first part of the show finds some of Chicago's finest musical theatre performers (the titular "fans") delivering two to four songs from a real musical, and then it's time for the "first timers" to take the stage. With no more knowledge of the source material than the few songs they've just seen performed, these improv comedians will deliver their off-the-cuff interpretation of that musical in 15 hilarious minutes. With a little something for just about everyone, you're sure to enjoy First Time or Fan at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
 
   
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.
 
   
Ultra American: A Patriot Act Sep 6 - Sep 25, 2016  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Ultra American: A Patriot Act
 
Declared "America's Funniest Muslim" by CNN, stand-up star Azhar Usman is a comic-philosopher with a unique, globally minded perspective. The New York Times, The Guardian and The Economist have all profiled him. ABC's Nightline devoted an entire episode to exploring his life and comedy. Now he's back with his latest one-man show, Ultra American: A Patriot Act, in the spirit of his heroes and legends like George Carlin and Richard Pryor, and in the midst of a charged political climate. Check out this world premiere from the Chicago born-and-raised comedian at Silk Road Rising.
 
   
Julius Caesar Sep 7 - Oct 16, 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.
 
   
Scarcity Sep 7 - Oct 9, 2016  
Redtwist Theatre Scarcity
 
A family stuck in the sticks and struggling to make ends meet has a chance to get their brilliant son into an advanced program when his obsessed math teacher becomes mesmerized by Billy's intellect and potential and offers to help with his college dreams. But what are her real intentions? And will the family grab this golden opportunity for a way out? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, and fellow Redtwist company members, Johnny Garcia and Debra Rodkin, along with guest artists, Mark Pracht, Brendan Meyer, and Ada Grey.
 
   

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