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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.
Pieces of Klee Jul 29 - Aug 14, 2016  
On the Spot Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pieces of Klee
PIECES OF KLEE dramatizes in scenes, movement, and dance, Paul Klee's journey to become the artist and person he worked his entire life to be. The play introduces the audience to some of those who accompanied him on this journey, his parents, his wife Lily, his son Felix, the sculptor Herman Haller, and the painter August Macke.
The Jackie Wilson Story Jul 30 - Sep 4, 2016  
Black Ensemble Theater The Jackie Wilson Story
The Jackie Wilson Story having been a huge success first opening in 2000 and with a national tour in 2002 which culminated at the famous Apollo Theater in New York, is the perfect production to open this legendary season. Written & Directed by Jackie Taylor, this promises to be a bigger and better production with a few star studded surprises.
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...
Confessions from the D-List Jul 30 - Aug 27, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Confessions from the D-List
"Confessions from the D-List" is an Improvised Comedy show based on Celebrity Autobiographies. We will read from a different book each night reveling the scandals, the sizzle, and the terrible writing of Celebrities doating all over themselves. Based on these passages our talented cast will Improvised scenes inspired from the reading.
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.
Einstein's Gift Aug 4 - Aug 28, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Einstein's Gift
Based on a true story, German scientist Fritz Haber is renouncing his faith, fearing persecution from an increasingly oppressive and militaristic government. In this award winning play, Haber's friend, Albert Einstein, fears Haber's work has taken a dangerous turn. While Einstein sees science as a discipline which transcends national boundaries as a force for good, Haber's work has become a deadly tool of the state. Einstein makes a desperate and emotional appeal that will resonate for generations and define the course of history. With daunting forces arrayed against him, Einstein is prepared to risk everything; his life, his work and his reputation against a building storm threatening to engulf the world in war. Einstein's Gift begs the question, if you could return to a time and change everything, what would it be?
Heathers: The Musical Aug 4 - Aug 7, 2016  
Stage 773 Heathers: The Musical
Before Mean Girls, there was Heathers, the deliciously dark '80s comedy starring Winona Ryder as a high school girl who joins forces with a hot rebel to take on a trio of popular divas -- all named Heather. Now the cult classic film hits Chicago's Stage 773 in a live musical adaptation featuring all your favorite lines from the movie, plus music and lyrics by the composers behind Legally Blonde. The story centers on Westerberg High, a school terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio of Heathers -- the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the sexy stranger J.D., who has his own plan for the Heathers. Journey back to high school with Heathers: The Musical and delight in youthful romance, shameless laughter and the surprising satisfaction of outrageous revenge.
Remembrance Aug 4 - Aug 7, 2016  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Remembrance
What lengths would you go to in order to do right by the person you love? That's the question posed in Remembrance, a new short play at the Saint Sebastian Players Theatre in Winnetka. At the center of the story is a love triangle among Seneca Paris, an 80-year-old retired general, his comrade Spencer Smith, a 25-year-old soldier killed during the Tet Offensive, and Georgia Paris, the woman whom both men love in life and in death. Remembrance is a poignant story about love, sacrifice and the efforts we make to honor those we've lost.
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.
Ayn Rand in Love Aug 6 - Sep 10, 2016  
MCL Chicago Ayn Rand in Love
The comedic musical Ayn Rand in Love portrays a young Ayn Rand falling in what some would call love -- though she would not -- with the charismatic Irish writer Frank O'Connor. Can the mother of Objectivism, a philosophy largely founded in objective reality and self-interest, be capable of something as transcendent as love? Taking some truth from her early days working with MGM Studios, the musical has all the glitz and glamour of an MGM classic of the late 1920s. When Rand locks her eyes on O'Connor, a job at MGM and another lover, she sets out to acquire them. Will her calculated approach end in happily-ever-after, or unforeseen consequences? Find out in this funny musical affair at MCL Chicago.
A Hero's Journey Aug 6 - Aug 21, 2016  
The Forks and Hope Ensemble at The Frontier A Hero's Journey
A Hero's Journey uses Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" theory to explore humanity's impulse to tell and re-tell stories of mythological heroes. Using the ensemble's trademark playful, movement-based aesthetic, each performer goes on their own heroic journey, which reveals parallels to their own lives. Audience members can expect to meet epic characters like Odysseus, King Sejong, and Psyche on a human scale in an intimate, imaginative setting.
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?
12 Angry Jurors Aug 11 - Sep 25, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater 12 Angry Jurors
A young man's life is in the hands of a jury. Set against the backdrop of the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald and similar events across the country, this taut courtroom drama gets a relevant update from Oil Lamp Theater. Cloistered in a sweltering jury room until they reach a decision, 11 are ready to convict, but one holdout is far less certain. While tempers flare and arguments grow heated, a dozen angry jurors must reach deeply within to find a common ground that ensures justice. Adapted from Reginald Rose's teleplay Twelve Angry Men, which later became a hit play and an Oscar-nominated film starring Henry Fonda, 12 Angry Jurors is blistering character study and examination of race, justice and bias. At intermission, you'll get a chance to cast your vote -- guilty or not guilty -- in this journey to the very heart of the American criminal justice system.

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