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The Importance of Being Earnest Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2016  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Athenaeum Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John Worthing, seemingly straight and proper, has invented a brother Ernest, whose identity he adopts when in the city so he let his wild side out. As Ernest he woos his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff's cousin, the ravishing Gwendolen Fairfax. Algernon decides to visit John's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. They both face a dilemma; both ladies have a determination to only marry a man whose name is Ernest. Things start to go awry when they all converge in the country and their deceptions are discovered, threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits, until they learn the importance of being earnest.
 
   
Dank House Jul 1 - Sep 2, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Dank House
 
Tank, a "supercop" DEA Agent from the dystopian wasteland of 2073, is sent back in time to the very distant land of Springfield, Illinois, in the far-away year of 2017. His mission: save the world from fire, brimstone, and destruction; the fallout of an apocalypse brought about by the legalization of marijuana. Tank runs into fierce political opposition and his plan is jeopardized by a mysterious lobbyist named Donsanto.
 
   
Blockbuster Jul 1 - Aug 19, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Blockbuster
 
"Blockbuster" is the story of four women from various backgrounds that are stuck slogging it out at an Elgin, IL Blockbuster during its introductory death throes in 2008. Their back-stories, perspectives, and ambitions are revealed through alternatively playful and biting discussions of movies and pop culture, volatile customer encounters, romantic interactions, and familial dust-ups.
 
   
RejecTED Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater RejecTED
 
Following a successful run at Under the Gun theater this past March and April, Under the Gun Theater welcomes back RejecTED Talks. Performances will center around a theme provided by the audience. Five to six experts in their field will present their insight related to the theme based off of power point slideshows they've never seen before. You might learn something stupid. Each performance is fully improvised.
 
   
Dating and Dragons Jul 1 - Aug 13, 2016  
Factory Theater Dating and Dragons
 
The prospect of slaying a dragon is not only less scary than the idea of winning the heart of a girl, but for Jack and his friends it's also just about as likely to happen. But in Dating and Dragons, against all odds, Jack -- who knows all the rules for games that involve swords, sorcery and the odd dungeon-dwelling beast or two -- has cast a spell on a real-life, flesh-and-blood girl named Diane. Now Jack is forced to cope with the fact that none of the same rules apply, and he has no clue how to win at the game of love. Join Jack and his friends on an amusing journey through the rules of romance in Dating and Dragons at The Factory Theater in Chicago.
 
   
The Cousin from Nowhere Jul 2 - Jul 17, 2016  
Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773 The Cousin from Nowhere
 
When a stranger appears out of "Nowhere" one moonlit night, all hell breaks loose in the Kuhbrot house! Don't miss this screwball comedy that has some of the best music you've never heard before! Featuring a 21-piece orchestra, The Cousin from Nowhere is pure summer fun!
 
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream Jul 6 - Aug 14, 2016  
First Folio Theatre A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Noted as one of Shakespeare's strangest and most delightful creations, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM draws on Greek mythology and Shakespeare's imagination to tell a story of magic and the difficulties of love. The perfect show for families, come laugh at the antics of the mischievous Puck as this fantastical fairy turns the world upside-down for the quartet of lovers, and the crazed, ass-headed Bottom, driving them to wild antics in the forest, all in the beautiful outdoor environment of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate.
 
   
A Jewish Joke Jul 6 - Jul 31, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Jewish Joke
 
As relevant today as it was during the McCarthy Era...1950's Hollywood, at the height of the Communist Blacklist, when careers were ruined by a whisper...We meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz. Funny & lovable Bernie has made his way up the ladder by being a spineless Hollywood sellout. Now, the night before a big red carpet premiere that will make Bernie's career, he has been asked to name names, give up his friend, and give in to some anti-Semitic and racist slobs in Congress who go further than a "gentlemen's agreement" in keeping America lily-white. He has one day to decide if he will accede to government demands and save his skin, or protect his friend in the most serious decision of his life. One man's journey, through a historical reality and then into the depths of his own soul - that is at the heart of this multi-layered, compelling, and (given the demagoguery in politics today) very important play.
 
   
Wastwater Jul 7 - Aug 13, 2016  
Steep Theatre Wastwater
 
Countless stories have come to an end at the bottom of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England. Tony Award winning playwright Simon Stephens' Wastwater delves into three relationships, each sitting on the edge of a defining decision. Where will their stories end, and what are the consequences of the choices we all make?
 
   
Chops Jul 7 - Aug 14, 2016  
Dashnight Productions at Theater Wit Chops
 
This quintessentially Chicago play tells the story of three middle-aged jazz freaks, who were Kings of Rush Street at its peak in the 50's and 60's. The only problem is that it's 1984 and those glory days are gone. Vince, an ex-Rush street bartender, has opened his own joint, but he's losing money and things are tense. Walt drops by with the young and sexy jazz aficionado, Kaki, in tow to show off Vince's ultimate jazz jukebox. Walt's recently done some time and wants to prove that he's still got the chops. Out of the blue, Philly appears. This troubled old friend hasn't been seen in nine months and there are rumors of unpaid juice loans. But he appears natty, witty, and flush. Walt and Philly vie for Kaki's attention as a night fueled by booze, jazz and clever banter descends into wheels within wheels and lies within lies.
 
   
Silence! The Musical Jul 7 - Aug 13, 2016  
Cornservatory Silence! The Musical
 
Clarice Starling is on the hunt for notorious woman-killer Buffalo Bill and Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter might have the answers she needs to crack the case. But this isn't the horrific thriller that's kept you awake at night...this is the wild and raunchy musical parody with a catchy score that is both a love letter to the film and to the art of musical theatre itself! Each of the film's famous lines gets their own show-stopping number like "Put the F*cking Lotion in the Basket," "Are you about a Size 14?" and "I'd F*ck Me." Silence! The Musical is lewd, crude, and makes The Book of Mormon look like children's theatre, so of course Corn Productions is bringing you the Chicago premiere!
 
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jul 8 - Aug 28, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
 
   
Kin Folk Jul 8 - Aug 14, 2016  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Kin Folk
 
As they wait to sell their suburban house, Lucy's family imagines a vibrant, new life in Chicago. However, Lucy has a different vision for her future. She wants to self-actualize and live as her true self: a powerful dragon named Kreeka. When her family discovers this secret, Lucy must choose between them and a new community known as Otherkin, a group of people who identify as magical, non-human creatures. As Lucy embraces Kreeka, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort and a werewolf from Montana, who show her how to live a life driven by faith and a love of the fantastic.
 
   
The Velveteen Rabbit Jul 8 - Aug 14, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Velveteen Rabbit
 
Timeless children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit hops from the bedside table to the theatrical stage in this special one-hour production for kids of all ages from the Marriott Theatre. In Margery Williams' touching story, a young boy forms a special bond with his stuffed rabbit, who wants nothing more than to become real through the love of its owner. Directed and choreographed by Amanda Tanguay with musical direction by Ellen K. Morris, the play introduces this poignant tale to a new generation of fans and reminds older generations why it still tugs at their heartstrings after all these years. As a bonus, each performance is followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
 
   
Bite Jul 8 - Aug 14, 2016  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic Bite
 
An immersive pop-rock ode to Shakespeare, Bite retells one of the Bard's most beloved stories, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dubbed a "pucking queer cabaret," this fanciful evening explores the ideas of love and gender through a queer lens. Part of the Pride Films and Plays series, Bite puts a new spin on what happens on that fateful, magical night when four would-be lovers steal away into the enchanted woods. Expect plenty of music, dance and fairies of all kinds when this world premiere hits Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago.
 
   
Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer Jul 8 - Jul 29, 2016  
Cornservatory Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
 
Corn Productions has always been a huge fan of the greatest all-American pastime sport: improv drinking shows! This July, they are on-deck with a fully loaded night of comedy, as they present: Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. The line-up includes an All-Star team of players who will incorporate improv, sketch and musical comedy into the night, all while steadily sipping the infamous trio of liquors that made George Thorogood and John Lee Hooker break out their guitars. And as usual, Cornservatory is BYOB so you can bring your own team of booze to play along!
 
   
Tomorrow Morning Jul 9 - Aug 28, 2016  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Tomorrow Morning
 
Tomorrow Morning follows two couples, separated by time, both preparing for a monumental day ahead. When morning comes, twenty-somethings John and Kat will marry and embark upon a new life, while older couple Jack and Catherine will sign their divorce papers. Trouble is, is anyone really sure they're doing the right thing? Tomorrow Morning is about the uncertainty of impending change and ultimately, the redeeming power of love.
 
   

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