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The Winter's Tale Jul 8 - Aug 2, 2015  
First Folio Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
A royal family is ripped apart when King Leontes' envy brings about the death of his wife, the rejection of his best friend, and the estrangement of his newborn daughter. Broken hearts are mended when the king's abandoned child falls in love with a Bohemian prince. Filled with wonder, magic, and mystery, THE WINTER'S TALE is a celebration of faith and redemption, of holding on and letting go, and the transcendent power of love.
 
   
Come Again? Jul 8 - Jul 29, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Come Again?
 
In an era where just about any type of communication can be replaced with the push of a button, it's even harder to connect with others than ever before. That's why sketch duo Honk and the Senator -- made up of a real-life couple, Ryan and Virginia, giving them plenty of firsthand experience with communication breakdowns -- put together the comedic compilation that is Come Again? This show seeks the answers to some truly troubling and significant questions -- like will Virginia's best friend ever respond to that Facebook message she already read? She's clearly online right now! And what did Ryan's dad mean when he texted "Go Cubes Go" anyway? This cathartic night of relatable comedy (seriously, they hate autocorrect just as much as you do) can be enjoyed at Chicago's Public House Theatre.
 
   
Join The Club! Jul 9 - Jul 25, 2015  
Skokie Theatre Join The Club!
 
Fast paced and lighthearted, JOIN THE CLUB! follows the story of rising lawyer Sara, who must do community service at the local women's club in order to make partner at her firm. Joining in the club's fight to rebuild a neighborhood shelter, Sara quickly finds herself in a conflict of cultures as she struggles to appreciate the importance of female friendship and community. An ensemble of strong and witty women accompany Sara along on her journey of self-discovery, offering insight into overcoming all of life's major challenges, including marriage, children, Brazilian waxes, and flying coach.
 
   
Whatever Jul 9 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Side Project Whatever
 
Everything will be fine for sixteen year-old Chloe once this afternoon's abortion is checked off her list. Likewise, her boyfriend Declan has finally found the courage to go off his anger meds and keep his hyper-concerned mother at bay. Two suburban teenagers try to navigate love, anger, and the bewildering adults who orbit their world.
 
   
Brilliant Adventures Jul 9 - Aug 15, 2015  
Steep Theatre Brilliant Adventures
 
Tucked away in his dingy apartment, Luke has invented a device that could change the world - if only he thought the world was ready for it. When an opportunistic outsider arrives with designs on his invention and his apartment, Luke's family, and the universe itself, are at risk of being torn apart. Brilliant Adventures packs all the gritty British drama you've come to expect at Steep into a wildly entertaining sci-fi thriller with more than a touch of dark comedy.
 
   
Moon Over Buffalo Jul 9 - Aug 16, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Moon Over Buffalo
 
Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a plethora of self-obsessed performers desperately trying to keep things from falling apart. It's all in a day's work for master of the period-perfect farce Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage try to keep their company together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see their repertory ensemble perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. The original Broadway run of Moon Over Buffalo starred Carol Burnett and ran for more than 300 performances, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
 
   
Fifty Shades of Plaid Jul 9 - Jul 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Fifty Shades of Plaid
 
Beneath the bookish, shy and unassuming exterior of Sandy Irons simmers a sizzling imagination. So when this mousy English major catches the eye of Thomas Plaid -- a rich and handsome fraternity president who has a reputation for dating only the most beautiful girls at school -- they both find themselves biting off a bit more than they can chew. This Public House Theatre parody of the massively popular Fifty Shades of Grey invites you into the private fantasies (and public discoveries) of Sandy Irons as she wraps herself up in Fifty Shades of Plaid.
 
   
Bard Fiction Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Commedia Beauregard at City Lit Theater Bard Fiction
 
This imaginative adaptation asks the age-old, perennially puzzling question: "What if William Shakespeare had written Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction?" (Well, for one thing, a Royale With Cheese would have been a "Hachis Parmentier.") Set in Elizabethan England, this comic concoction trades pistols for daggers and cars for horses as it follows the adventures of a pair of enigmatic hit men, their boss' dangerously sexy wife and a go-for-broke knight. This laugh-filled Commedia Beauregard production at City Lit Theater is packed to the brim with honor, betrayal and ... foot rubs.
 
   
No Exit Jul 10 - Jul 19, 2015  
Honest Theatre at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage No Exit
 
Honest Theatre spins its own adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's classic existential tale of the afterlife, No Exit. Three damned souls find themselves trapped in a room together where they must face and examine their darkest choices on Earth. As this menacingly humorous tale unfolds, we learn of the gruesome torture that awaits them in eternity.
 
   
Fugue Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2015  
Pendulum Theater Space Fugue
 
Fugue is a complex show that captures the elements of a musical fugue through four simultaneous improvised one-act plays that explore similar themes. It is a unique improvised production that harmoniously weaves 4 one-acts, folding in elements of comedy and drama in equal measure.
 
   
Take Me Back Jul 10 - Aug 8, 2015  
The Poor Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Take Me Back
 
Bill is a young newly released convict who's gone home to live with his mom. After serving four years in prison and finding himself back in small town Oklahoma, he's pretty sure he's run out of options - until his old girlfriend shows up. Then he's ready to do just about whatever it takes to jumpstart a new life.
 
   
Batty Old Biddies Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Seigel Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Batty Old Biddies
 
Bessie and Louise didn't die or go into the nursing home when they were supposed to. In fact, these salty seniors are trying to take their fading neighborhood back from the drug dealers, gang members and, especially, the scheming developer and his city cronies. Above all, Bessie wants it quiet, and she has perfected a subversive method of turning down the music on gang members' stereos. Sidekick Louise pins her hopes on the lottery, not on aging mama's boy Dan. Frustrated architect-turned-dumpster-diver Harry returns to the neighborhood with his own plans, while waif Gloria only wants to escape.
 
   
Alligator Jul 10 - Aug 9, 2015  
Dream Theatre Alligator
 
A young girl's mind spins out of control as childhood monsters from her past step out of her nightmares and into her waking reality. This darkly comic tale by Jeremy Menekseoglu features the ensemble cast: Anna Menekseoglu, Eric Barton, Jeremy Menekseoglu, Candace Kitchens and Hasket Morris.
 
   
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jul 10 - Aug 1, 2015  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Everyone's favorite fanciful car takes flight in this fantastical presentation of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty doesn't literally fly, mind you. You need to let your imagination soar, which is easy to do when the magical machine is brought to life in this dreamlike show.
 
   
Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse Jul 10 - Jul 31, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse
 
What would you do if you only had three days left to live? It's the type of hypothetical question we've all pondered, but in Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse, it's a reality. In this over-the-top comedy, the peaceful environs of Cremetown get a major shake-up when a raving scientist proclaims that the planet has only three days of sunlight left. Rather than curling up into the fetal position and waiting for it all to end, this Public House Theatre musical comedy finds the citizens of Cremetown taking this opportunity to live out all their wildest dreams ... while there's still time.
 
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game Jul 11 - Oct 3, 2015  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
 
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical Jul 11 - Aug 23, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
 
   

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