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The School For Lies Jun 28 - Aug 13, 2017  
The Artistic Home The School For Lies
Based on Moliere's Misanthrope, David Ive's School For Lies honors the French 17 the Century practice of writing in verse, but uses contemporary language while maintaining the Moliere play's original setting of Paris in 1666. The comedy is a battle of wits between Frank, a traveler from England known for his misanthropic wit, and Celemene, a beautiful young widow with a satiric tongue who is busy avoiding several keen suitors and a pressing legal suit. As Frank turns Celimene's world upside-down, she discovers that she can still find love amidst the lies and uproarious, naughty array of characters that never seem to miss a chance at having the last word.
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.
At The Table Jun 29 - Jul 28, 2017  
Broken Nose Theatre at Berger Park Coach House At The Table
A group of friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they are left with one thing to do... look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is bold and timely new comedy that explores what happens when a marginalized minority finally speaks up and those with privilege find themselves challenged for the first time. Who is invited to the table for what discussions, and what are we refusing to discuss at all?
The Nance Jun 29 - Jul 30, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Nance
Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage at a time when it is easy to play gay stand in marked contrast to his offstage life. The New York Times called The Nance "A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of burlesque." It ran on Broadway in 2013 starring Nathan Lane and was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning two.
Alone, With Friends... Jun 30 - Jul 15, 2017  
Prop Theatre Alone, With Friends...
Gay or straight, being dumped sucks. After his first serious relationship ends Steven Hilton seeks advice and comfort from his circle of friends. Through several, humorous, revealing, and honest moments he discovers he may have been looking for love in the wrong places and realizes sometimes our friends are our true soul mates.
Changes: A David Bowie Sci-Fi Saga Jun 30 - Jul 16, 2017  
Stage 773 Changes: A David Bowie Sci-Fi Saga
Chicago Tap Theatre re-imagines one of their most acclaimed story shows for Chicago audiences, at Stage 773. Acclaimed director Harrison McEldowney and choreographer Mark Yonally present Changes, the science fiction tale of a planet inhabited by peaceful aliens and the events that unfold when they encounter both a power-hungry species from another world and a potential hero. The show features all your favorite David Bowie songs, featuring their original haunting and unforgettable vocals with live instruments and remixed scores by Kurt Schweitz. Changes is CTT's follow-up to the award-winning TimeSteps, picked as the Best New Production of 2016 by Dance Magazine.
Bedtime Stories with 'A Brief Intermission' Jun 30 - Jul 28, 2017  
Cornservatory Bedtime Stories with 'A Brief Intermission'
Bedtime Stories with 'A Brief Intermission' makes their debut on the Cornservatory stage! Grab your BYO-Booze and settle in for a cozy evening of improv comedy, where their harrowing and hilarious tales will be sure to keep you up at night! Each week, special guests will perform alongside A Brief Intermission in this hour-long performance. What better way to spend a Friday evening than drinking and listening to a fully improvised bedtime story?
Beauty's Daughter Jul 7 - Aug 5, 2017  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Beauty's Daughter
This Obie Award-winning play by Dael Orlandersmith depicts one woman's journey through life's obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 different characters during the course of this solo play-some broken, some on the way down, but all memorable.
The Cubs Show: Next Year is Here... But Last Year Jul 7 - Jul 28, 2017  
The Public House Theatre The Cubs Show: Next Year is Here... But Last Year
About Next Year is Here...But Last Year: This ensemble-driven comedy looks deep into the fundamentals of baseball, the culture of the area, and the larger-than-life personalities came together to make the dreams of a city come true. Heroes and controversial figures will step off the field and onto the stage, such as bromancers Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, heartthrob Jake Arrietta genius Theo Epstein, and the whole Ricketts family. And of course, the whole shebang is hosted by the immortal Harry Caray!
The God Of Isaac Jul 8 - Aug 27, 2017  
Grippo Stage Company at Noyes Cultural Art Center The God Of Isaac
Playwright James Sherman's semi-autobiographical account of a young American Jew searching for his Jewish identity in the wake of the threatened neo-Nazi march in the Chicago suburb of Skokie in 1977.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Jul 8 - Jul 30, 2017  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum A Midsummer Night's Dream
The famous sprite Puck, aka Robin Goodfellow, and fairies led by Titania and Oberon take you on an adventure through an outdoor venue of magic, love and laughter. This comedy has it all: lovers, a play within a play, a bit with a donkey's head, light-up fairies, and (like all of our shows) is broken up into smaller segments for younger viewers to get a break with light exercise between scenes.
The Best Western This Side of the Mississippi (and the other side too, we reckon) Jul 8 - Jul 29, 2017  
The Public House Theatre The Best Western This Side of the Mississippi (and the other side too, we reckon)
"The Best Western This Side of the Mississippi (and the other side too, we reckon)" is a fast-paced farce, brought you us by the same team that brought us a Noir thriller and a Big Studio Musical last year (they love bringing classic film genres to the stage). "The Best Western" features a greedy outlaw, a contaminated water supply, and a stalwart hero who leads a colorful town against the villain.
Little Fish Jul 9 - Aug 20, 2017  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Little Fish
From the niche mind of musical theater and opera genius Michael John LaChiusa comes the post-9/11 drama Little Fish in its Chicago debut. As the curtain rises we meet Charlotte, a thirty-something writer eager to give up her poor smoking habits. She replaces nicotine with adrenaline by picking up various activities, eventually settling on swimming. After much reflection upon on a former lover and other vignettes of life, Charlotte only then recognizes her addiction to running away. Brought to you by the company that brought you smash hits like Heathers and The Wiz, Kokandy Productions re-creates the musical's eclectic score of Latin, rock, jazz, and other sounds that are the soundtrack to Charlotte's life. Check it out at Chicago's Theater Wit.
Something Rotten! Jul 11 - Jul 23, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Something Rotten!
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)!
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.
Peter and the Starcatcher Jul 13 - Aug 20, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Peter and the Starcatcher
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jul 13 - Aug 27, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York's Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the far away island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julian and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to "Move It, Move It!" with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer with this child-friendly 70-minute adaptation.

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