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I, Malvolio Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater I, Malvolio
 
I, Malvolio is renowned actor, writer and director Tim Crouch's one-man interpretation of Twelfth Night, as told by Shakespeare's much maligned steward, Malvolio. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, this act of storytelling alchemy draws us deep into the madness of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Following the international success of Tim Crouch's previous works I, Caliban, I, Peaseblossom and I, Banquo, I, Malvolio is a hilarious, and often unsettling, rant from a man "notoriously wronged."
 
   
Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor Jun 3 - Jul 29, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor
 
We interview an audience member about a relationship they have/had. Based on the interview we watch an improvised compelling night of television where our Bachelor goes on a series of dates with our eligible ladies in hopes to find a wife. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Who will win our Bachelor's heart?
 
   
Hauptmann Jun 3 - Jul 10, 2016  
City Lit Theater Hauptmann
 
On April 3, 1936, Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was innocent. In the moments before his execution, surrounded by guards, he relates his story in flashback. Woven into the telling are Hauptmann's flaws, which makes us unsure we can trust him.
 
   
World Builders Jun 3 - Jul 2, 2016  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building World Builders
 
A new drug has been developed to suppress the complex internal worlds of those with schizoid personality disorder, allowing them to focus on the reality in front of them. Max and Whitney are two participants in a clinical trial, and as the drug begins to take effect , they must choose which dream to pursue: their disparate fantasies or a future together. In this beautifully observed love story, we are forced to reckon with our own conceptions of mental illness and what it means to be "cured".
 
   
12 Angry Candidates Jun 3 - Jun 25, 2016  
The Public House Theatre 12 Angry Candidates
 
As the 2016 presidential race heads into the final months, Republicans find themselves in the throes of a brokered convention. In an attempt to unite the party, 12 former candidates are tasked with selecting the nominee by unanimous decision. Once negotiations begin, personal aspirations take over, and the GOP braces for what could be its greatest hurdle: Republicans.
 
   
A Small Oak Tree Runs Red Jun 3 - Jul 3, 2016  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre A Small Oak Tree Runs Red
 
In A Small Oak Tree Runs Red, audiences enter a realm between reality and purgatory with historical figures Mary Turner and Sidney Johnson. Shackled and trapped someplace between a dream and a nightmare, Mary and Sidney struggle to move on, but like the rest of us, have to piece together their past to make ensure that history doesn't repeat.
 
   
The Green Bird Jun 3 - Jun 19, 2016  
Flat Iron Arts Building The Green Bird
 
Magic and spectacle collide in The Green Bird, an update of Carlo Gozzi's 18th-century comedy about two orphans on an epic quest for enlightenment. This masked fantasia includes a lovesick king, a greedy fortuneteller, an insatiable sausage-maker, a magical green bird and a talking statue that's losing control of the story it's narrating. The vibrant world combines philosophical ideas about truth, love, sacrifice and compassion with physical comedy. With the king lost on the battlefield, the queen stuck underground, the royal heirs presumed dead and the kingdom in ruins, it takes magic and mayhem aplenty to guide everyone on the chaotic path back to happily ever after. The wild fairy tale inspired by Italy's commedia dell'arte comes to the Collaboraction Pentagon Theater in Chicago.
 
   
The Importance of Being Earnest Jun 3 - Jun 25, 2016  
3 Brothers Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Oscar Wilde's last play has been hailed as one of the most clever comedies in the English Language. Friends Jack Worthington and Algernon Moncrief have both fallen in love. However, their love interests Gwendolyn and Cecily have their hearts set on marrying men named Ernest. Thus begins a subterfuge to conceal their true names. Unfortunately for them, they will quickly realize that no one can truly be Ernest.
 
   
An InCornvenient Truth Jun 3 - Jun 24, 2016  
Cornservatory An InCornvenient Truth
 
The high and mighty champions of the 26th season of The Original Improv Gladiators, the Rough Cut Players return to the stage of Chicago's Cornservatory to perform their original new show, An InCornvenient Truth. Have you ever wondered what the state of comedy, entertainment and theatre might be after the end of the world? If you're emphatically nodding your head (or even if you're not), you're in luck, as this loose and fearlessly funny show explores a post-apocalyptic landscape of laughs with a mixture of scripted and over-the-top improvisation. The end of the world doesn't get much funnier than this.
 
   
Bat Boy: The Musical Jun 4 - Jul 24, 2016  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Bat Boy: The Musical
 
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife and teenage daughter.
 
   
My Fair Lady Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium My Fair Lady
 
Based on George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture "Pygmalion," MY FAIR LADY includes the songs "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "On the Street Where You Live."
 
   
Mitch and Megan are Fine Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Mitch and Megan are Fine
 
Mitchell and Megan were a regular couple in a regular sketch group getting ready for a regular show. Until they weren't, and their bickering caused the other members of their group to abandon ship before opening night. Now, Mitchell and Megan are stuck together, broken up, with a whole show to perform between the two of them. Watch as they struggle to find humor in their heartbreak, taking on their opposing ideas of what comedy is, what love is, and what a sexy cop is. Because they are two people who are hungry to perform, and absolutely shouldn't be doing it with each other.
 
   
The Divine Sister Jun 4 - Jul 10, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Ebenezer Lutheran Church The Divine Sister
 
THE DIVINE SISTER is an affectionate parody of nearly every nun movie to come out of of Hollywood. Lifting from films like The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (David Cerda) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing "visions," sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. Funny, clever and sweet, THE DIVINE SISTER springs from the mind of Charles Busch, creator of the camp classics, Die, Mommie, Die!, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
 
   
Snick Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Snick
 
Revisiting the Midnight Society, "Are You Still Afraid of the Dark?" tells an improvised campfire tale of terror. Directed by Aaron Sjoholm the cast will perform long form improvisationto tell a horror story based off audience suggestions. Are you ready to be hilariously frightened?
 
   
Central Avenue Breakdown Jun 6  
FWD Theatre Project at Chicago Theatre Works Central Avenue Breakdown
 
In 1940's, Los Angeles the hottest place to be seen is Central Avenue, in the shadow of Hollywood where hot swing blows all night long at clubs like Jack's Chicken Basket and the Club Alabam. Brothers Bill and Jim Marcel are sax players struggling to carve out their own legacies, but first they must overcome a destructive rivalry, addiction, and tragedy before it's too late.
 
   
The SpongeBob Musical Jun 7 - Jul 10, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre The SpongeBob Musical
 
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
 
   
The Sound Of Music Jun 7 - Jun 19, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Sound Of Music
 
"ONE OF THE MOST LOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME" - The Stage, London The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, is coming to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The Los Angeles Times raves THE SOUND OF MUSIC is "Sparkling, fresh and lively."
 
   

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